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Wednesday, 19 March 1980
Page: 774

Senator MASON (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate whether the Government is aware of any approaches made to the Queensland Government by the Japanese Iwasaki organisation to acquire 1,200 hectares of land extending north from Corio Bay to the Shoalwater Bay Army base. Is Mr Iwasaki interested in acquiring this land to construct an airport of international standard? Is the Government aware of the concern expressed by Australian Army officers at this proposed development which, if realised, would restrict air space available to the Shoalwater Bay Army base? Is there also concern at the prospect of an airport of international standard under the ownership of a foreign national being established in an area of considerable strategic importance and adjacent to an Australian defence base?

Senator DURACK -The question asked by Senator Mason seems to refer to the areas of responsibility of a number of Ministers. I will take note of the details of the question and refer it to the appropriate Ministers.

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