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Tuesday, 20 September 1949

Mr DRAKEFORD - The honorable member for Richmond was good enough to advise me this morning that he proposed to ask a question on this matter. There is a bombing range for target practice at Evans Head and it is necessary for the men employed in the Royal Australian Air Force to have such practice. However, I have not yet heard of such a thing as a " semiatomic" bomb. Should that description of the practice bombs being used be justified, the matter, as the honorable member will realize, must involve security considerations which would preclude my disclosure of information concerning them. So far as I am aware, no such bombs are being used by the Royal Australian Air Force. I shall obtain what information is available, and if the power of the explosions is causing inconvenience assurances will be given that will satisfy the residents of Evans Head.

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