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Wednesday, 30 November 1960

Mr OSBORNE (EVANS, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Air) - It is true that the Royal Australian Air Force establishment at Rathmines will close at the end of this year as part of a re-organization of Air Force bases for purposes of economy and efficiency. The base was originally a flying boat base. The Air Force no longer operates flying boats, so the base is no longer required for its original purpose. It has been used for some time as a ground training establishment, both for new entry recruits and for administrative officers, and for other purposes. A general re-organization of the training establishments of the R.A.A.F., designed to save both money and manpower, has necessitated the closing of the base. Whether the Army has any plans for this base I do not know. I suggest that the honorable member put that part of his question on the notice-paper.

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