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Tuesday, 1 November 1983
Page: 2167

Question No. 517

Mr Connolly asked the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment, upon notice, on 14 September 1983:

(1) Is the Government considering relocating the office of the supervising scientist for the Alligator Rivers Region from Bondi, New South Wales to Darwin, Northern Territory; if so, what costs would be incurred in the transfer.

(2) What are the advantages and disadvantages of having the office of the supervising scientist located outside the Northern Territory.

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

(1) No.

(2) The decision to base the supervising scientist and his policy and administration staff in Sydney was made in 1979 having regard to the operational advantages and cost effectiveness that Sydney offered over a Northern Territory location. It would be premature to reassess these advantages and disadvantages at this time as the future role and mode of operation of the supervising scientist will depend on the outcome of the Government's review of its uranium policy.