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Wednesday, 8 May 1985
Page: 1574

(Question No. 18)

Senator Chipp asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 22 February 1985:

(1) What defence-related facilities:

(a) operated by a foreign power; and

(b) jointly operated by Australia and a foreign power existed, or will exist, in Australia as at (i) 1 July 1967, (ii) 1 July 1969, (iii) 1 July 1971, (iv) 1 July 1973, (v) 1 July 1975, (vi) 1 July 1977, (vii) 1 July 1979, (viii) 1 July 1981, (ix) 1 July 1983 and (x) 1 July 1985.

(2) What is the foreign power and designated operating agency in each case.

(3) Have any alterations of operating agency taken place; if so:

(a) when; and

(b) in respect of which facilities; and

(c) by what authority.

(4) Under what agreement or other authority does each facility operate in Australia.

(5) When did each agreement or other authority enter into force and when does each expire.

(6) What is:

(a) the function; and

(b) the location of each facility.

(7) How many:

(a) Australian; and

(b) foreign personnel were employed at each facility as at the dates listed above in (1).

(8) What was the capital cost to:

(a) Australia; and

(b) the foreign power involved in siting and building each facility.

(9) What has been the annual operating cost in constant dollars to:

(a) Australia; and

(b) the foreign power involved for each facility since its establishment.

(10) What firms undertook construction and provision of major equipment for each facility.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1 to 10) Details of defence related facilities in Australia were provided in response to House of Representatives question on notice No. 1253 of 25 May 1978 and updated in response to House of Representatives question on notice No. 726 of 9 November 1983. Those answers provided information on the situation as at 1 July for the even numbered years from 1968 to 1982 inclusive and for 1983, whereas the honourable senator's question seeks information on the situation as at 1 July for the odd numbered years from 1967 to 1985 inclusive. Substantial resources would be involved in providing detailed information on the odd-numbered years, and at first sight would not seem to add significantly to the substance of the information already provided. If the honourable senator would care to be more specific about the reason for seeking these particular details, I would be happy to give the matter further consideration.