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Wednesday, 3 June 1970


Mr Scholes asked the Minister representing the Minister for Supply, upon notice:

(1)   Do plans exist for merging the Government Aircraft Factories wilh the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation: if so, what are they.

(2)   Will the Minister ensure that in any merger the Commonwealth Government will retain a controlling interest.

(3)   Will the Minister guarantee that employees of Government Aircraft Factories will not be retrenched or downgraded because of arrangerrments arising out of any merger within the industry


Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The Minister for Supply has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(I)   As indicated in my recent ministerial statement on the Australian Defence Aircraft Industry, there is some scope for rationalisation of activities in the industry, particularly in relation to the Government Aircraft Factories and Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Pty Ltd. The possibility of amalgamating these two organisations is being pursued actively but specific plans have yet to be completed for consideration.

(2)   The aspect of ownership and control is receiving consideration.

(3)   The Member for Corio should be aware that in respect of the factories operated by my Department, 1 am not in a position, at any lime, lo give the sort of guarantee he is requesting. However, in my ministerial statement abovementioned 1 made particular mention of the fact that in any rationalisation scheme which might be adopted full consideration will be given to the interests of the employees concerned. The aim is to achieve a more stable and effective organisation that cun develop wilh Australia's future needs, lt is believed that this course will be in the long-term interests of the industry and those who work in it.







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