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Tuesday, 4 October 1983
Page: 1323

Question No. 502

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Science and Technology, upon notice, on 13 September 1983:

(1) Did the Government include a provision for upgrading the Australian Landsat Station in the recent budget; if not, why not.

(2) Does the Government intend to upgrade the station and allow Australia to fully participate in resource satellites in the future; if so, when will this happen.

Mr Barry Jones —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The Government fully recognises the benefits that can be obtained from high resolution data from the Landsat series of satellites but, in view of some present uncertainties as to the performance and reliability of the present satellites and the extremely difficult budgetary constraints it was unable to fund the upgrade this year.

(2) The Government has fully funded the Australian Landsat Station to process data available from the current generation of satellites at the present level. At the same time it is concerned at the level of recovery of operating costs and has directed that my Department, in conjunction with the Department of Finance, develop a plan for progressively increasing the level of cost recovery.

This may lead to further consideration by the Government of an upgrade to the station.