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Thursday, 7 November 1985
Page: 1737

Senator VALLENTINE —I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence: Why are the computer and ground facilities at Nurrungar being expanded and where is the money coming from for the latest expansion? What are the new functions of the defence support program satellites-that is, the DSP 2 Block 4 satellites? Is it a fact that the new facilities are already monitoring, or are intended to monitor, transmissions from DSP 2 Block 4 or any other new versions of the DSP satellites which may be related to the strategic defence initiative, commonly known as the Star Wars program? Are DSP 2 satellites being equipped or due to be equipped with new mosaic technology to determine precisely where missiles lift off and land, information that is crucial to a first strike capability and an integral part of the SDI nuclear war fighting strategy?

Senator GARETH EVANS —I am afraid that when I hear expressions like DSP 2 Block 4 satellites I go to pieces unless I have had advance knowledge of the question. In this instance I am only too happy to seek an answer from the Minister for Defence and bring it to the attention of the honourable senator as soon as possible.