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Tuesday, 17 October 1972
Page: 1565

Senator Wright - On 13 th September 1972, Senator Keeffe asked the following question:

I ask the Minister for Works whether he is aware that the airconditioning plant in the Bureau of Meteorology building at Cloncurry, Queensland, has never been listed on an inventory.

Senator Keeffe - I rise to order. This question has been answered in the answers given to the regular series of questions upon notice. I do not need a second reply.

The PRESIDENT - Order! The Minister has taken notice of the question asked by you on the date he has given. Apparently, in his own judgment, he thinks that the question should be answered. He is perfectly entitled to do so.

Senator WRIGHT - The honourable senator asked:

Has this omission led to the improper servicing of the plant? Can he inform the Senate of the value of the plant and why it has never been listed on a departmental inventory

In reply I stated:

I did not even know that there was an airconditioning plant in Cloncurry so I am unable to inform the Senate on the condition of that plant. I shall refer the matter to the Department of Works and the information will be supplied after we have had sufficient notice.

The following additional information is furnished:

The Bureau of Meteorology has a radar building at Cloncurry. The radar equipment room and a small adjacent room are airconditioned; the plant was installed in 1952 and its original cost is estimated to be in the order of $8,000. The Department of Works records indicate that the airconditioning plant has been listed and subject to regular and proper maintenance for many years. Maintenance was carried out on the airconditioning unit as recently as September 1972.

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