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Weapons research establishment facilities at Woomera

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■Mr L.H. Barnard, M.H.R., Deputy Leader of the Opposition

A Federal Labor Government would safeguard the future of the

Weapons Research Establishment facilities at Woomera, the Deputy

Leader of the Federal Opposition, Mr L.H. Barnard, said during a

recent visit to Woomera. . .

Mr Barnard, who is the Labor Party’s defence spokesman, made a *

two-day visit to Woomera with Mr Laurie Wallis, M.H.R., the Federal

Member for Grey.

Mr Barnard and Mr Wallis inspected the Woomera range and watched

a test flight by a pilotless Jindivik Aircraft.

They were shown over Woomera township by the Area Administrator,

Mr K. Butcher, and the Defence Department representative; Mr H. Slade.

Mr Barnard and Mr Wallis spoke at a packed public meeting in the

Woomera theatre annexe organised by the Woomera branch of the A.L.P.

Mr Barnard said there was every reason for optimism about the

future of Woomera.

It was most probable that the British would renew the existing

agreements for use of the Woomera range when they expired in 197^·

With continuing technological development in missiles and other

forms of weaponry, it was most likely that the work-load at

Woomera would be sustained.

Mr Barnard said he was most impressed with the degree of community ' . ~ \

spirit and the level of community achievement evident in the "

day-to-day life of Woomera.

In many ways the town was a model for the implementation of

successful decentralisation policies at both Commonwealth and

State levels.

Mr Barnard said he would raise aspects of housing policy at

Woomera - particularly the lack of housing for Australian civilian

employees at the joint U .S .-Australian base at Nurrungar - with

the Minister for Defence and the Minister for Supply.