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Originally posted by iced_blue
I forgot about those.
but in comparison to other countries we don't realy have that many.
What was "pine gap"?
wenty kilometres outside of Alice Springs is Pine Gap, or ‘The Joint Defence Space Research Facility’ as it is officially known. Pine Gap brought the Cold War to Australia and its history is one of secrecy marked by numerous protests - including the time the locals rode their bicycles onto the landing strip to disrupt the landing of a huge plane.
GEORGE NEGUS: Well, despite its remoteness and isolation the Red Centre of this country is not quarantined from the vagaries of global politics. In the late 1960s, the then prime minister, Harold Holt, entered into an agreement with the Americans that led to the establishment of a top secret base just outside the Alice, at Pine Gap. The Joint Defence Space Research Facility, as it's officially known, brought the communist versus non-communist Cold War to this country, along with the odd protester or two.