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Thursday, 29 March 1973
Page: 847

Mr BONNETT (HERBERT, QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Minister for Science, Did he notify Mr Fabian Sweeny of Townsville of the decision to choose a new site for the Institute of Marine Science prior to this becoming public knowledge? Did the Minister give this gentleman authority to make a public statement on this matter? While I accept the decision that the radar installation may interfere with some of the delicate measuring instruments used by the Institute, will the Minister when drawing up the terms of reference for the new Bill confine the investigation of other sites to the Townsville area or, if this is not possible, to North Queensland?

Mr MORRISON (ST GEORGE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Science) - I received a telegram from Mr Fabian Sweeny suggesting that the Kissing Point Army area be considered as a site. I replied to that telegram. I also received a telegram from the local shire council. As I explained the other day, the problem with which we are faced is that the site chosen is no longer suitable. We will be giving the

Council of the Australian Institute of Marine Science full authority to select the site. This may or may not be in Townsville but I think it very likely that it would be in north Queensland.

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