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Tuesday, 17 October 1972
Page: 1556

Senator McAULIFFE (QUEENSLAND) - My question is addressed to the Minister for Civil Aviation. Now that the Commonwealth, State and City of Brisbane composite committee has agreed upon plans for the development of Brisbane Airport, when will his Department be advising the owners of properties in the area required for development of the conditions and date of resumption, as these people are becoming increasingly concerned at the lack of information in the matter? When does the Minister expect that Brisbane Airport will be able to handle jumbo jets?

Senator COTTON - This question would need to be placed on the notice paper so that I can obtain accurate information for the honourable senator. That applies particularly to the latter part of the question about jumbo jets. I am not able to give a precise answer about that. I have an idea, but I want to be accurate about it. The honourable senator has spoken to me previously about the matter which he raised in the first part of his question. What we are trying to do is to finalise all the planning, so far as the Commonwealth is concerned, in order to establish what we call the perimeters and the areas where the runway layouts will necessarily have to be located. This will have a bearing on the kind of acquisition programme and timetable involved. I think the honourable senator is entitled to a fairly precise and detailed answer to both parts of his question, and I will get it for him.

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