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Wednesday, 10 September 1958
Page: 1114

Mr Swartz (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) z asked the Minister for Air, upon notice -

1.   Is the Ri"al Air F-.rr-e airfield at Gan in the Maldive islands again in use?

2.   If not ran this airfield Ke use;) by long range service aircraft a"! a-> air staging nest across the Indian Ocean to Australia?

Mr Osborne - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   The Gan airfield is not in use at present. A two-year £2,500.000 construction project was commenced on this air base for the British Air Ministry in the latter part of 1957. 2 When this project is completed the airfield could be used by long range service aircraft as a staging post.

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