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Tuesday, 16 May 1972
Page: 1654

Senator MILLINER (QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Minister for Civil Aviation. Is it a fact that after a rather prolonged and detailed study of the requirement for an alternative domestic jet airport the Minister accepted a recommendation that the airport should be at Longreach? Is it a fact that the Minister replied to that effect to my representation on 24th September 1969? Is it a fact that the Minister has now abandoned Longreach as the project? If so. will he now give favourable consideration to establishing the base at Charleville?

Senator COTTON - The honourable senator is asking me to go back into the mists of the past when I was not really responsible for civil aviation. At a later date I can look at the correspondence and at the information given to the honourable senator. The establishment of a jet airport at either Charleville or Longreach was a problem of the airline requirement for an alternative airport situation. Over the last couple of years the matter has been evaluated very carefully. I shall obtain precise information on the current position.

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