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Wednesday, 17 May 1972
Page: 1712

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES)

Does the Minister for Civil Aviation recall answering questions earlier in this session as to whether the Government had given permission for the Anglo-French Concorde aircraft to fly over Australia? The Minister stated at that time that no permission had been given and that an article appearing to this effect in the British 'Guardian' towards the end of last year stating that permission had been given was not correct. Now that the announcement has been made that the Concorde is to be allowed to fly over Australia - and at a supersonic speed - can the Minister state when it first was that the Australian Government agreed to such a flight taking place?

Senator COTTON - I would need to seek back through the files, but when I first made the comment that no permission had been given that was indeed the case. I announced within a day of the final permission being given by the Government, after study of an application made, I think, about 8 days before by the British Government, that that permission in fact had been given. What I will get for the honourable senator is the exact sequence of timing and events so that he can satisfy his concern.

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