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Wednesday, 15 September 1971
Page: 1394

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for National Development, upon notice:

What further information has he obtained on the extent to which photographs taken by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration are available and useful for mapping and appraising Australia's natural resources (Hansard 29th April 1971 page 2221).

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

Further information which I undertook to obtain for the honourable member on 29th April 1971, was provided in a letter from me dated 8th June 1971. That letter included the following information:

Officers of my Department maintain contact with the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration in order that they may be kept informed of available satellite photography over Australia.

The Division of National Mapping and the Bureau of Mineral Resources have obtained copies of approximately 50 space photographs of portions of Australia taken in the course of Gemini and Apollo flights.

These have proved interesting but have not proved as valuable as conventional air photography in appraising Australia's natural resources'. 1 have nothing further to add to the above.

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