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Wednesday, 21 April 1999
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Senator Woodley asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 24 March 1999:

With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1062 (Senate Hansard , 10 March 1998, p.754):

(1) Did the decision to build the airstrip result from a request from another power; if so, in what form was the request received.

(2) What was the objective that was to be fulfilled by the construction of the airstrip.

(3) (a) What security classification was given to documents and materials pertaining to this matter; and (b) what is their current classification.

(4) What was the cost to the Australian Government of Operation Crown.

(5) (a) What arrangements, if any, were made to compensate local land-holders for the alienation of their land; and (b) who was responsible for making these arrangements.

(6) To whom was the airstrip handed over to on completion.

Senator Newman (Family and Community Services; Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) —The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

I draw the honourable senator's attention to the reply to Senate Question On Notice No. 1231, provided by the then Minister for Defence, the Hon Ian McLachlan AO, which was published in Official Hansard No. 10, 1998 (continued), answers to questions which were circulated after the rising of the Senate on 11 July 1998 and before the prorogation of the Parliament on 31 August 1998.