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Tuesday, 9 May 1939

Mr NOCK (RIVERINA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for Defence the following questions : -

1.   In view of the conditions, size and description of the class and quality of country required for the Royal Australian Air Force Flying Training School as laid down by the official party commanded by Group Captain Wrigley to the Narrandera Municipal Council, will the Minister assure the House that the site selected at Wagga meets all requirements?

2.   As the ground inspected between Narrandera and Grong Grong was described by the inspecting officers as a perfect site for a flying training school, particularly taking into account the safety factor, so important to trainee pilots, and also taking into account the fact that it is capable of very considerable expansion, why was this site not chosen?

3.   Could a copy of the detailed report of the official party, led by Group Captain Wrigley, regarding the comparative suitability of the area selected and the area between Narrandera and Grong Grong, be made available to the House forthwith ?

4.   Is it not a fact that negotiations had been entered into for the resumption of the land at Wagga before the report of Group Captain Wrigley and his party was filed?

5.   Has the Cabinet or the Minister taken into consideration the fact that if Burrinjuck Dam should be destroyed or should collapse, the major portion of Wagga would be submerged and totally destroyed?

6.   Will the establishment of the air school at Wagga be deferred pending the House being satisfied that the best site has, in fact, been chosen?

Mr STREET - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   Yes.

2.   See answer to No. 1.

3.   I have already informed the honorable gentleman that 1 shall make a copy of the report available to him.

4.   I am not aware of any such negotiations.

5.   & 6. No.

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