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Thursday, 31 August 1972
Page: 590

Senator MAUNSELL (QUEENSLAND) - My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for the Army. Has the Government decided on a site for the establishment of the proposed Army marine base? If not, will the Minister give some indication of when an announcement - is likely to be made?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I am unable to give any indication, of when an announcement is likely to be. made. The honourable senator will be aware that this matter has been the subject of a long and detailed investigation for some time now. It is a matter which involves not only the Department of the Army but, also several other departments. Recently it became necessary to revise the investigation because of the recent decision to man Army boats with naval personnel. I am afraid that this will delay the announcement' of. a decision. As I mentioned earlier, I have no information on when the announcement is likely to be made.

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