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Tuesday, 26 November 1985
Page: 2296

Senator KILGARIFF(10.16) —I would like to touch, very briefly, on coastal surveillance. The viability and efficiency of the coastal protection unit has been a rather controversial matter. I understand that, to a degree, it comes under the jurisdiction of the Special Minister of State (Mr Young). To bring an end to the controversy, is the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce (Senator Button) in a position to indicate whether it is correct that the flying hours and the finance available for the Shrike aircraft-that is the coastal surveillance aircraft under charter-have been cut back? Is it also correct that charter aircraft emanating out of Darwin are now making fewer flights along the northern coast?