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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4608

Mr Kennedy asked the Minister representing the Minister for Air, upon notice:

(1)   How many aircraft' were (a) based and (b) used in Western Australia for surveillance of the Indian Ocean in each of the years 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971.

(2)   How many reconnaissance flights were scheduled for each day of each week, and what was the number of .surveillance flights in each of these years.

(3)   Have aircraft been based elsewhere than in Western Australia for surveillance of the Indian Ocean.

(4)   If so, (a) where were they based, (b) how many were used for this purpose and (c) how many flights were made in each of the same years.

Mr Holten - The Minister for Air has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

Surveillance flights over the Indian Ocean include flights made by RAAF aircraft from airfields in Western Australia. For obvious reasons the detailed information requested about these flights cannot be made available.

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