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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 48

(Question No. 2296)

Mr Sharp asked the Minister for Local Government and Administrative Services, upon notice, on 12 November 1985:

(1) How many C130A Hercules aircraft are currently being offered for sale by the Government.

(2) When were the aircraft first offered for sale.

(3) Have any offers been made for the purchase of the aircraft.

(4) Have any of the aircraft been sold; if so, for what price were they sold.

(5) Who are the agents acting on behalf of the government for the sale of the aircraft.

(6) Are 2 C130A Hercules aircraft currently in the USA; if so, (a) who financed their move to that country and (b) under what terms and conditions were they sent.

(7) Has the US Government advised the Government not to sell any of these aircraft to particular buyers.

Mr Uren —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Currently eight aircraft are available. A further aircraft now proposed to be leased to an aid organisation would become available at the end of the lease.

(2) Tenders closed 9 February 1978.

(3) Yes.

(4) Yes. The price received by the Commonwealth is considered confidential at this time for commercial reasons.

(5) No agents are presently authorised to act on behalf of the Government. The Commonwealth Government made an arrangement on 15 June 1981 with Ford and Vlahos, Attorneys at Law of California, whereby the latter were engaged for the purpose of finding prospective purchasers for the aircraft, and notifying the Department of Local Government and Administrative Services of any such prospective purchasers, so that arrangements could be made to have them inspect the relevant aircraft, and so that, subject to the prior approval of the United States State Department to the sale of the aircraft to the prospective purchaser, the Commonwealth would sell the aircraft to such a person. The arrangement with Ford and Vlahos was renewed from time to time, until 31 January 1986, after which it was not renewed.

(6) Yes. (a) The cost of repositioning the two aircraft was met by the intending purchaser.

(b) Under arrangements settled between the prospective purchaser and Ford and Vlahos.

(7) The aircraft cannot be resold without US Government approval. The US has in the past not been prepared to approve certain sale proposals.