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Friday, 18 November 1938

Mr Green n asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice -

1.   What ship made the last survey of the Kimberley coast of Western Australia between Cape Leveque, King Sound, and the mouth of the Ord River?

2.   On what date was the survey made, and what coastal mileage was covered by the survey ?

3.   What vessel was previously engaged on this work, and on what date?

4.   What is the total mileage of the coast line between the points mentioned yet to be accurately surveyed?

5.   Where is the survey ship Moresby at present employed. If not engaged on the area mentioned above, when is it likely that she will be diverted to the uncharted part of this dangerous coast?

Mr Street - Inquiries will be made, and a reply will be furnished to the honorable member as early as possible.

Manufacture of Aircraft in Australia.

Mr Forde e asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice -

1.   Has the Premier of New South Wales made a suggestion to the Government that it should ask the Lockheed Aeroplane Company of America to establish a factory in Australia?

2.   If so, what course will the Government adopt?

Mr Street - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   I am advised that a copy of correspondence from the Premier of New South Wales referring to a suggestion bya member of the

New South Wales Parliament that the Federal Government should negotiate with the manufacturers of Lockheed aircraft for the establishment of a factory in Australia was received by the Defence Department from the Prime Minister's Department to-day.

2.   The Government has placed an order for 50 Lockheed aircraft for early delivery, but docs not propose under present conditions to invite tlie company to establish a factory in Australia. As the honorable member is aware, the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation is at present engaged in the local manufacture of aircraft for the Government, and between 600 and 700 men are employed on the work.

Anglo-Italian Agreement.

Mr Lyons s. - On the 16th November, the honorable member for Batman (Mr. Brennan) asked whether Australia is a party to the Anglo-Italian Agreement. I wish to make it clear that the AngloItalian Agreement is a purely bilateral arrangement between the United Kingdom and Italy, and neither the Commonwealth Government nor any other dominion is a party thereto.

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