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Wednesday, 11 December 1974
Page: 3361

Senator GEORGES (QUEENSLAND) -My question which I direct to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence refers to the Omega question. Is it correct, as reported in a national newspaper at the weekend, that Omega equipment is already being used in this country? If so, by whose authority is it being used? What is the correct position?

Senator BISHOP -While the responsibility for answers on this subject really rests with Senator Cavanagh, I am able to say that because of the attention that has been directed to the defence aspects of this matter inquiries have been made. In fact the Australian Post Office recently monitored all the frequencies which would be closely related to the Omega system and it has found that no such operations are at present taking place. The monitoring was conducted only a few days ago. Let me say in addition, speaking on behalf of the Minister for Defence, that there is no such transmitting facility of any sort at North West Cape.

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