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Monday, 17 September 1973
Page: 1034

Mr LYNCH (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) - My question is addressed to the Minister for Defence. Is it a fact, as reported in the publication 'Inside Canberra' of 7 September 1973, that the siting of Sydney's second airport at Galston will, firstly, interfere with the operation of the Royal Australian Air Force base at Richmond and, secondly, cause the closure of that base? If so, what are the financial and operational implications of the Galston decision insofar as the RAAF is concerned?

Mr BARNARD (BASS, TASMANIA) (Minister for Defence) - The Department of Defence had not made any submission to me about a proposed alternative site for Sydney's second airport. Since the site at Galston was chosen for Sydney's second airport I have had some discussions with the Department of Defence. At this stage no information has been received officially by me from the Department of Defence or the Department of Air concerning any interruption to airport operations at Richmond. I have asked for information from the Department of Defence and when that information is available it will be given due consideration.

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