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Thursday, 13 May 1965

Senator TANGNEY (through Senator Poke) asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Army, upon notice -

1.   Does the Army propose to spend £400,000 on extensions to the Special Air Service Regiment Headquarters, at Swanbourne, Western Australia?

2.   Has the Minister received protests from civic authorities in the area, where the retention by the Army of 600 acres of highly valuable residential property is a serious barrier to residential and road development in a close suburban area?

3.   Is it a fact that training needs could be at least as adequately met in other areas in close proximity to Perth where community amenities would also be available to soldiers and their families?

4.   Is it also a fact that modern transport, new training methods and new concepts of warfare, show that it is no longer necessary to keep an Army establishment close to the heart of the capital city, when even coastal guns have been removed from the nearby beach land at Leigh ton?

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