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Tuesday, 3 December 1974
Page: 3009

Senator DAVIDSON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence. I refer to talks in London now taking place regarding the future of AngloAustralian operations at the Woomera rocket range in South Australia. Is it a fact that the talks are designed- and I quote from the report- 'to settle one way or the other' the British involvement in the operation? Has the Minister received any further information since he last referred to the matter in the Senate? If not, when does he expect to have such information, especially as it relates to the future of Woomera?

Senator BISHOP -On 14 November last the Minister for Defence, Mr Barnard, announced that this meeting would take place. Presently discussions are going on in the United Kingdom between the British and Australian officials. They centre on the future of Woomera, taking into account the foreseen decline in the British work load. The Australian delegation will be reporting to Mr Barnard on its return. I understand that a series of studies and further meetings will be necessary. In due course the appropriate British Minister and Mr Barnard will announce the agreed plans. That is all the information I can give the honourable senator.

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