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Tuesday, 9 May 1972
Page: 2275

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts, upon notice:

What progress has been made in establishing a training school for film and television producers which the Prime Minister indicated on 26th October 1971 (Hansard, page 2514) will become the subject of a proposal which could be presented to the Government well before the next Budget and not necessarily, therefore, in a Budget context

Mr Howson - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

I refer the honourable member to my statement to the House on 19th April 1972 (Hansard, page 1782).

World War II: Japanese Plans (Question No. 5429)

Dr Everingham asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(1)   Has his attention been drawn to a report in the 'Australian' of 18th January 1972 that the Japanese decoded official Australian messages indicating that a Japanese invasion was expected after the first bombing raid on Darwin, that the raids were in fact aimed at support logistics, that invasion was never considered by the over-extended Japanese military and that air superiority and more efficient anti-aircraft action finally turned the situation against Japan in 1943.

(2)   If so,will the Government review the situation and release documents bearing on this period to show how difficult it would be for a major naval and military force to attempt invasion of a well equipped, trained and informed Australian nation.

Mr Fairbairn - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Minister has seen the article in The Australian' of 18th January 1972.

(2)   The documents bearing on this period are being prepared for release, as announced recently by the Government.

RAAF Aircraft: Deployment to Butterworth (Question No. 5453)

Mr Morrison asked the Minister representing the Minister for Air, upon notice:

(1)   Have any RAAF aircraft, normally based in Australia, been deployed to the base at Butterworth, Malaysia, since January 1971.

(2)   If so, for what purpose were they deployed and how long did they remain on station.

Mr Holten (INDI, VICTORIA) (Minister for Repatriation) - The Minister for Air has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   The following is a summary of deployments of Australia-based Royal Australian Air Force aircraft to Butterworth since January 1971:

(a)   Neptune- 4 aircraft for 19 days- maritime exercise 2 aircraft for 4 days - navigation training exercise

(b)   Orion-

One aircraft for one day - navigation training exercise

(c)   Canberra - 3 aircraft for 6 weeks 3 aircraft for 31/2 weeks 3 aircraft for 5 weeks target towing; and

(d)   Hercules -

Scheduled services involved with the movement of personnel and equipment for the 3 services operated over the period and varied between 4 to 9 flights every 2 weeks. Each Hercules normally remains for one day at Butterworth. Each month one aircraft provides transport assistance within Malaysia for 2 days for Air Headquarters Malaysia.

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