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Tuesday, 16 August 1960

Mr Ward d asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice -

1.   How many radar stations have been established in Australia up to date, and how many more have been planned for the future?

2.   Are these stations mobile or stationary?

3.   What is their effective range?

4.   What is the annual cost of maintaining and staffing the stations?

5.   Are they kept in continuous service?

6.   If not, what would be the additional cost of maintaining a 24-hour service seven days per week?

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

1.   The number of radar stations in Australia and with Australian Forces overseas cannot be disclosed.

2.   Stationary and mobile.

3.   The performance of this equipment is secret.

4.   The annual cost of maintaining and staffing a large station is approximately £165,000 per annum.

5.   No.

6.   About £490,000 per annum for a large station.

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