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Tuesday, 16 May 1972
Page: 1655

Senator WRIEDT (TASMANIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport. I ask: Is the Minister aware of the continued concern in Tasmania over the establishment of an Omega navigation beacon in that State? Does the Minister agree that the persons living in the north of the State in particular are justified in their concern over the establishment of an Omega navigation beacon? Will the Government table a clear and concise statement on its intentions before the Parliament rises for the winter recess?

Senator Rae - I asked about that last week.

Senator COTTON - I acknowledge the question of Senator Wriedt. It is indeed true, as Senator Rae has mentioned over my left shoulder, that he has been seeking that information as well. I have quite a lot of information here, but I do not think it would help very much. The principal information I have simply says that an

Australia-United States agreement is in its final draft stage; that in the early stages the specifications called for valley span antennae but that developments now permit the station to be on a flat site with antanae tower supports; that Nattai in New South Wales and the Forth River in Tasmania were inspected as valley sites when the proposal was first made but neither place is now on the short list of sites: that no site has yet been selected; and that the Prime Minister has written to the Premiers about this matter.

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