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Wednesday, 19 November 1986
Page: 2563

(Question No. 1374)

Senator Michael Baume asked the Minister representing the Minister for Local Government and Administrative Services, upon notice, on 18 September 1986:

(1) Has the Government held any discussions with the New South Wales Rifle Association or with the Bicentenary Authority about possible alternate sites for the holding of the planned 1988 Bicentenary Shoot that had been proposed to be held at the Anzac Rifle Range at Malabar which the Government now proposes to sell.

(2) Did the Government in its decision to consider selling the Anzac Rifle Range, take into consideration that the Range is used by about 120,000 people annually, including Defence and Corrective Services personnel.

(3) What alternate arrangements would be made for these users of the Anzac Rifle Range.

Senator Gietzelt —The Minister for Local Government and Administrative Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Government decided to sell the Anzac Rifle Range and other Commonwealth properties in the context of the 1986-87 Budget. The revenue from these disposals will help meet the Government's economic objectives in the current financial year.

As regards the specific points raised in the Senator's question:

(1) The Deputy Prime Minister and the Ministers for Defence, Sport, Recreation and Tourism and I have separately held discussions with representatives of the New South Wales Rifle Association, the Australian Bicentenary Fullbore Rifle Championships and the National Rifle Association about the proposed sale of the Anzac Rifle Range and the impact of such a sale on the planned 1988 Bicentenary shoot.

(2) The current usage of the Range by the Commonwealth and by various non-Commonwealth users was brought to the Government's attention in its consideration of the proposed sale.

(3) Alternative arrangements for current Commonwealth users of the Anzac Rifle Range is a matter for consideration by the relevant Commonwealth departments. I am not aware that the Government has given specific consideration to alternative arrangements for non-Commonwealth users of the Range.