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Monday, 22 October 1973
Page: 2471

Mr Hunt asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

In view of the deep consideration that was given by the Government in choosing Galston as the likely site for an international airport and the consequent public concern over airports in the Sydney area, will he take steps to move the Royal Australian Air Force Base from Richmond to Narromine, New South Wales, which has served the RAAF so well in the past.

Mr Barnard (BASS, TASMANIA) (Minister for Defence) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

There are no current plans to remove RAAF activities from Richmond, but you will be aware that I have instituted a special committee to review the location of al Defence establishments against current and foreseeable requirements, with full regard to be given to environmental and other community aspects. You can be assured that should the need arise in the future to provide an alternative site for an RAAF Base in New South Wales Narromine will be given due consideration along with other sites.

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