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Tuesday, 9 October 1984
Page: 1451

Senator MacGIBBON —My question is directed to the Minister for Resources and Energy. Now that the national mapping program for mapping Australia on scales of 1:200,000 and 1:250,000 is coming to an end, as this task was the reason why the Division of National Mapping was set up, and in view of the increased capability of the States at larger scale mapping, what is now the future role of the Division of National Mapping?

Senator WALSH —I am not sure off the top of my head when the current activities of the Division of National Mapping are scheduled to finish. I will check that out, but I do not think it is in the near future. I can, however, tell Senator MacGibbon that a review is currently in progress at departmental level of the mapping activities of the Australian Army survey unit and the Division of National Mapping with a view to co-ordinating those activities more effectively. That also, I might add, is a subject which has been hanging around for about the last five years under both the previous Government and this Government in the desire to make more efficient the joint operations of those two organisations which are engaged in mapping.

Senator MacGIBBON —Mr President, I have a supplementary question. Is there then no question that the activities of the Division of National Mapping will be wound up? Will it be kept in existence into the foreseeable future?

Senator WALSH —In the near future there is certainly no plan to wind up Natmap.