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Thursday, 18 November 1976

Mr Stewart (LANG, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(   1 ) What is the present position on the promised White Paper on defence.

(2   ) When does he expect to present it to Parliament.

Mr Killen - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) The White Paper 'Australian Defence' was tabled on 4 November 1976.

Materials for Telephone Books

Mr Scholes asked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications the following question without notice on 7 October 1976:

Were tenders by an Australian company for the supply of materials for Australian telephone books rejected? Were the contracts let to firms outside Australia?

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

A tender from an Australian manufacturer was received by Telecom Australia for some telephone directory paper but because the prices submitted were substantially higher than overseas tenderers, the tender was not accepted.

The following contracts for directory paper have been let:


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