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Wednesday, 22 March 1972
Page: 772

Senator DAVIDSON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I ask whether the attention of the Minister for Civil Aviation has been drawn to a letter in today's Financial Review' which refers to what the newspaper describes as the Concorde debate. Does the Minister agree that the circumstances surrounding this discussion involve both the environment, on the one hand, and Australia's involvement in the international transportation system, on the other? I ask the Minister whether his Department has had any conference in depth with the Department of the Environment about this matter. If not, will the Minister give favourable consideration to doing so? Further, will he inquire whether some study of this relationship can be undertaken at the United- Nations conference on the environment in Stockholm in June?

Senator COTTON - I have not read the letter in the 'Financial ' Review' but the honourable senator and the person who wrote the letter would be correct in saying that not only the elements of transportation and a new phase of transportation in the air, but also the matter of the environmental impact are involved. As the honourable senator knows, on. many occasions I have referred to the Academy of Science report on a particular aspect of this matter. The report should be available by about 25th of this month. The Department of Civil Aviation has communicated with the International Civil Aviation Organisation in relation to further studies on this matter. Even last year in Vienna we decided to take part to any extent we could to help in the world body study at Stockholm in June this year. The Department of the Environment has been kept informed by us of any work which we have done in this regard as, indeed, it has kept us informed of its work.

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