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Wednesday, 24 February 1971

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - This year being the jubilee of the Royal Australian Air Force it was decided that something special should be done to commemorate the occasion. After a good deal of study it was decided to hold flying displays throughout most of Australia. On 17th January I made a statement to the effect that there would be flying displays at certain RAAF bases. There will be displays in all States except Tasmania. I think there will be 2 displays in Queensland and Victoria - a major display at one base and a smaller one at another base. All displays will be conducted from RAAF bases as this is the most economical method of conducting them. The Government was concerned about the. resources required for the displays and the flying involved. We must be sure that the displays do not interfere in any way with the Vietnam effort conducted from Richmond. All in all the position was examined most carefully. 1 decided that the flying displays would be conducted out of the RAAF bases in each State and because of that decision Tasmania will be excluded. That is all I can say.

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