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Tuesday, 21 August 1984
Page: 84

(Question No. 959)


Senator Bolkus asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 12 June 1984:

(1) Has information been presented to the United States Congress by the Pentagon concerning the functions of the United States bases at Pine Gap and Nurrungar, as indicated in the National Times?

(2) Did Australian officials in America advise the Government of this information, if so, when?


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

(1) and (2) As the Prime Minister said in his statement of 6 June 1984, all functions and activities of the joint defence facilities require, and have, the full knowledge and concurrence of the Australian Government. Close liaison arrangements exist with the United States to ensure that this requirement is satisfied.

No information is available to either the United States or Australian governments that substantiates any claim that information concerning the functions of joint defence facilities in Australia; not available to the Australian Government, has been made available to the United States Congress.