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GOVERNMENT CLOTHING AND ORDNANCE FACTORIES-SELECT COMMITTEE- REPORT ON THE FUTURE OF ORDNANCE FACTORY BENDIGO

The Chairman of the Select Committee on the Government Clothing and Ordnance Factories (Senator Martyr) presented the following Report:

The Future of Ordnance Factory Bendigo, dated March 1982, together with the Transcript of Evidence (2 volumes).

Ordered-That the Report be printed.

Senator Martyr, by leave, moved-That the Senate take note of the Report.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Button) moved an amendment, viz.: At end of motion, add ''but the Senate expresses its concern with the method of implementation of Government policies and, in particular-

(a) the failure of the Government to respond to and act on various reports of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence relating to defence procurement, Australian defence priorities and Australian defence industries;

(b) the failure of the Government to provide modern guns and missiles for the ships of the Royal Australian Navy;

(c) the Government's action in allowing the Government Ordnance Factories to run down through lack of work, while ordering weapons from overseas which could have been manufactured in those factories;

(d) the Government's failure to secure adequate guarantees on cost, delivery, offsets, Australian industry participation and technology transfers for defence material bought overseas, particularly in the case of the Leopard tank and M198 155 mm Howitzer programs;

(e) a lack of planning in the aerospace, munitions and ship building industries;

(f) the failure of the Government to give adequate weight to questions of social policy, including employment, and the consequences in social terms for the economy of the City of Bendigo if the Ordnance Factory is sold, or closed; and

(g) the failure to relate Government policies in relation to the Ordnance Factories with other policies relating to industry support, and calls on the Government to respond and expand the Ordnance Factory at Bendigo under its present management''.

Debate ensued.

Ordered-That the debate be adjourned till the next day of sitting, and that Senator Siddons have leave to continue his speech on the resumption of the debate.