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Monday, 4 June 1984
Page: 2432

Senator TOWNLEY(4.32) —I can understand that the Attorney-General may not know exactly whether any more aircraft have been bought. But I find it rather surprising that we cannot get any exact information.

Senator Harradine —Have half a dozen 747s been bought or what?

Senator TOWNLEY —It is my thought, Mr Temporary Chairman-and perhaps I am speaking just to give the officer time to find out too-

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Colston) —Well, I hope not.

Senator TOWNLEY —Just a moment, Mr Temporary Chairman. It is my feeling that two more 707s have been bought. Maybe they have been bought and are being exclusively used for defence purposes. But if that is so can we have that information while we are dealing with these estimates? It may not be exactly appropriate to consider this under these estimates but this might be a suitable time to clear the matter.