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Wednesday, 4 May 1994
Page: 277

(Question No. 1313)

Senator Spindler asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 11 April 1994:

  (1) With reference to the Defence Signals Directorate at Canberra: (a) on what date did the headquarters of the directorate move to Canberra; (b) what is the size (in floors and square metres) of the building; and (c) what is the location of the building.

  (2) With reference to the Defence Signals Directorate at Geraldton: (a) on what date did the new facility begin operations; (b) what was the date of the formal opening; (c) which Australian Government and departmental representatives attended the opening; (d) which overseas guests attended the opening; (e) how many buildings are at this facility (in number and square metres); (f) how many dishes are there at the facility (in number and square metres); (g) are the dishes covered by dome; (h) are there plans for more dishes to be installed at the facility; if so, when and how many.

  (3) With reference to the Defence Signals Directorate's Joint Telecommunications Unit at Melbourne: (a) on what date was the unit established; (b) where was it located; and (c) what were its functions.

Senator Robert Ray —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  It is not the policy of the Government to release details relating to national security activities. However, I can provide the following information in response to the honourable senator's question.

  (1) The Defence Signals Directorate was moved to Canberra over a two year period. The first phase of the move occurred in 1992 and the move was completed in 1993. The Directorate building is located in the Russell complex.

  (2) The facility at Geraldton began operations in 1993, and was opened by me on 10 September 1993. There are eleven buildings on the site and four antennas, with a site provision for a fifth. All antennas are covered with radomes.

  (3) The Joint Telecommunications Unit in Melbourne was established in 1982 at Victoria barracks. It was disbanded in 1991.