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Tuesday, 9 May 2000
Page: 16117

Mr Danby asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 16 March 2000:

(1) How many RAAF aircraft were used in the fly-overs during the Australian Grand Prix held in Melbourne from 9 to 12 March 2000.

(2) What was the overall cost of this exercise.

(3) What was the fuel cost for the exercise.

(4) Did the exercise conform to F1-11 airforce standard operating procedures, particularly with regard to safety and civilian areas.

(5) What has been the cost of the fly-overs over the years that Melbourne has had the Grand Prix.

(6) Has his Department or office received complaints from the public regarding this practice in 2000.

Mr Moore (Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Ten aircraft - two F/A-18s, one F111 and Seven PC9s.

(2) Approximately $178,000.

(3) Approximately $17,150.

(4) Yes.

(5) Approximately $747,000.

(6) Yes, two complaints.