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Wednesday, 10 May 1972
Page: 1511

Senator MULVIHILL (NEW SOUTH WALES) - If the Minister for Civil Aviation is irrevocably committed to the Concorde aircraft making an inaugural flight to Australia, does he feel that evidence on the environmental effects of this aircraft could be forthcoming from a meeting of the First Sonic Boom Committee now in progress in Montreal? Would that cause him to impose a veto on the project?

Senator COTTON - Starting from the bottom and working up, no it would not, because we would have observers at the meeting from the Department of Civil Aviation and we would have done a great amount of work in that regard. I refer again to the question of sonic boom and to the information given to the Senate that in 1970 some 26,000 sonic flights took place in the United States. No evidence was available that any harm had resulted therefrom.

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