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Thursday, 18 May 1972
Page: 1777

Senator YOUNG (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - 1 direct a question to the Minister for Civil Aviation. Since the introduction of supersonic aircraft, which led to general concern about the resultant effects, particularly that of noise, on the environment, what co-operative studies are being conducted on an international level? ls there any international agreement on aircraft noise to establish certain standards? If so, is Australia a party to such agreements and discussions in relation to aircraft noise?

Senator COTTON - lt has been referred to in the Senate previously that Australia has taken a leading part in world attempts to bring these matters under regulation, supervision and control. Four years ago at the International Civil Aviation Organisation meeting in South America, Australia was the initiator of a move seeking to have the matter put under tight examination. That is happening. An Australian was made chairman of the first meeting, which was held in Montreal in 1969. The noise limits developed by ICAO apply to Boeing 747 aircraft and to all subsonic aircraft coming into service after March 1972. A committee on aircraft noise was also set up as a permanent body. That committee is still working and examining the matter. Australia is a member of it.

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