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The Hon Dr Sharman Stone
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray
11 May 2004
Plans for an Australian air link with Antarctica were still with the Government and undergoing development, Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary responsible for the Australian Antarctic Division said tonight.
"Very recent advances in aircraft technology have presented new options for intercontinental planes and these are now under active consideration," Dr Stone said.
"And offsets regarding intercontinental flights are also being further developed."
Last month, Dr Stone announced that the first purpose-built Australian-owned aircraft for work within Antarctica had rolled off the production line and into the air for test flights in Spain.
"These two CASA 212 aircraft will commence Antarctic operations in 2004/05 and will significantly enhance Australia's ability to support scientific research within Antarctica and reduce travel time to our four stations - Mawson, Casey and Davis in eastern Antarctica and Macquarie Station on the Antarctic sub-continent," Dr Stone said.