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Monday, 13 September 1971
Page: 1153

Mr WHITLAM - 1 direct a question to the Minister for Supply. What are the names of the countries on whose behalf secret records are held at Woomera? Are the records currently missing the property of one of those countries? If so, can he tell the House whether communications have been sent to or received from that country since the disappearances were reported? Has any other country been in touch with him about the safety of its property?

Mr GARLAND (CURTIN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Supply) - I am not aware in total of the countries that would have in the hands of my Department the information to which the honourable gentleman has referred. I will examine that question to see whether it would be within Government policy to make the information sought available. Of course contacts made by other countries would not come directly to me or to my Department, but would be on a government to government basis and therefore would go to other Ministers of the Government. I am unaware of any concern having been expressed. I will give close consideration to the other questions that the honourable gentleman has put to me and take an early opportunity to see whether I can let him have the information.

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