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Thursday, 17 October 1974
Page: 1803

Senator DONALD CAMERON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Labour and Immigration) -Has the Minister representing the Minister for Defence been made aware of a report in the Melbourne Sun' that the rocket range at Woomera may fold? Can the Minister advise the Senate whether the report is factual?

Senator BISHOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) - Yes, I have seen the report which appeared in the Press this morning. It is not true that the Woomera range will be closed down. It has been evident for some time that the work load foreseen for the range after 1976 could not be sustained at the present level of activity. It must be realised that the activities at Woomera are largely related to the requirements of the United Kingdom, which is our partner in the project. The Government has decided to run down the range after 1976 but to hold instrumentation facilities in readiness for revival. The whole operation will require a great deal of administrative and technical planning in consultation with the British who, as I have mentioned, are our partners in this project. However, the Woomera village will continue to be in demand for project Narrungar at least until November 1979.

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