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Monday, 18 November 1996
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(Question No. 836)


Mrs Johnston asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 17 October 1996:

(1) How many reports of «unidentified» «flying» «objects» have been received by the Minister's Department and agencies under the Minister's control in each year since 1994.

(2) Are the reports investigated; if so, (a) how and (b) by whom.

(3) How many of the reports have not been explained by natural or human activity.


Mr McLachlan —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The Australian Defence Force (ADF) ceased recording and investigating sightings of «Unidentified» «Flying» «Objects (UFOs) in December 1993. Members of the community seeking to make reports to the ADF are referred to a number of civilian UFO research organisations (presently these number 11, including two national organisations). I have provided the honourable member with a list of these organisations.

(2) & (3) I am not aware of the subsequent handling of reports by the civilian UFO research organisations.