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Tuesday, 3 December 1985
Page: 2861

(Question No. 15)

Senator Bolkus asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 25 February 1985:

(1) Are there any aspects of the operation, functions, or otherwise of the United States' Base at Nurrungar that are not classified information to the United States Congress.

(2) Is there any such information which is classified within Australia.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Minister for Defence has supplied the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Joint Defence Space Communication Station at Nurrungar is a joint Australian/United States facility, not a United States Base. Information concerning its operations and functions is afforded equal protection by both Governments.

Some aspects of the functions of the joint defence facilities are public knowledge and I refer the honourable Senator to the Prime Minister's statement in Parliament on 6 June 1984 dealing with these matters.

Accordingly, the answers to the honourable senator's question are:

(1) Yes.

(2) No.