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Monday, 30 May 1994
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(Question No. 1372)

Senator Panizza asked the Minister representing the Minister for Administrative Services, upon notice, on 5 May 1994:

  Where Commonwealth property in relation to rifle ranges is to be sold, will the Minister adopt a course of action whereby the property will first be offered for sale to the occupying State rifle association.

Senator McMullan —The Minister for Administrative Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  In response to his Question Without Notice on 16 March 1994 on this subject, the honourable Senator was advised that the Government's general policy on disposal of any surplus Commonwealth property is that it is sold on the open market. In relation to rifle ranges, however, because of the historical relationship between shooting clubs and the Commonwealth, the individual cases are considered prior to a decision being taken on the appropriate method of disposal. This arrangement is considered to provide fair consideration to rifle clubs which have used rifle ranges for long periods of time. It is not considered necessary or desirable to change the policy on disposal of surplus Commonwealth property in order to provide rifle associations with special advantages not available to other occupants of Commonwealth property.