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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 4275

Mr Bennett asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(1)   Will he investigate the possibility of declaring some isolated roads to be Defence roads.

(2)   If so, will he permit the Defence Forces to work on the construction and maintenance of the roads so declared.

Mr BARNARD (BASS, TASMANIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The term 'Defence road' is not used for any formal purpose of road classification. The national interest requires however that, when developing civil facilities, such as the transport system, that could contribute to the infrastructure supporting the Armed Forces in a defence emergency, the defence needs be taken into account.

(2)   The Defence Forces of course already carry out a wide range of activities that assist the civil community during civil emergencies and at other times. The use of defence resources or the expenditure of defence funds on the development of civil facilities must be carefully considered in relation to defence priorities and the national interest. To date the priority accorded to the construction and maintenance of roads for economic and other development needs is considered to have taken adequate account of defence requirements.

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