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Friday, 11 October 1985
Page: 1119

(Question No. 472)

Senator Sanders asked the Minister representing the Minister for Science, upon notice, on 21 August 1985:

(1) Is any Commonwealth funding involved either directly or indirectly in the transfer of the Orroral Valley antenna to the University of Tasmania's site at Cambridge, Tasmania; if so, how much money is involved and on what has it been spent.

(2) Can the Orroral Valley antenna be used for the tracking of military satellites.

Senator Button —The Minister for Science has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) No.

(2) The antenna will be used for astrophysics research within the University of Tasmania. Because of modifications made to enable the antenna to be used for astrophysics research, it will not be suitable for the tracking of satellites.