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AIRCRAFT CARRIER PURCHASE-MINISTERIAL STATEMENT

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Evans- That the Senate take note of the Statement-And on the amendment moved thereto by Senator Sibraa-Leave out all words after ''That'', insert-

''(a) the Senate refer to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence, as a matter of urgency, the following matters:

(i) the relevance of an aircraft carrier to Australia's current and perceived strategic environment,

(ii) the role of an aircraft carrier in the defence force structure of Australia , and

(iii) the effects of the purchase of an aircraft carrier on the future defence procurement program; and

(b) the Committee be requested to report not later than 1 September 1982''.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the words proposed to be left out be left out-put and passed.

Question-That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted-put and passed.

Amendment agreed to accordingly.

Main Question, as amended-put and passed.