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Thursday, 20 September 1973
Page: 1310

Mr LYNCH (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) - My question is addressed to the Deputy Prime Minister. The honourable gentleman will recall that on 15 September of this year the Prime Minister at an official reception in Sydney said:

.   . you are getting Galston. I am the only political leader to tell you why, you are getting Galston . . .

The honourable gentleman will also recall that the Minister for Civil Aviation said in an official Press release of 28 August that Galston had been chosen by the Australian Government to meet Sydney's airport needs for the 1980s. Against those very clear statements by 2 senior members of this Government I ask the Minister to explain how he could come into this House yesterday and indicate that the Government had not made a final decision to site Sydney's second airport in the Galston region. 1 do not know whether the Minister is losing his grip or needs further prompting from the Prime Minister but I ask him specifically against those two clear and apparently categorical statements how he rationalises and explains the discrepancy between his statement made yesterday and the earlier pronouncements.

Mr BARNARD - What I said yesterday in relation to Galston was that a feasibility study was to be carried Out. In these circumstances I think that this was the decision of the Government. Not only is there to be a feasibility study of Galston but there is also to be a feasibility study of one other area, and this was made public. I suggest to the Deputy Leader of the Opposition that the other matters he has raised might well be answered if he places the question on the notice paper.

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