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Friday, 19 May 1939

Mr Price e asked the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   Has an examination yet been made of the proposal for the manufacture of motor cars in Australia, which was submitted by Mr. Charles C. Deland, of 172 Currie-street, Adelaide, through the honorable member for Boothby ?

2.   If so, what decision was made ?

Mr JOHN LAWSON (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The matter is still under consideration.

Avro-Anson Aircraft.'

Mr Pollard d asked the Minister for

Defence, upon- notice -

1.   Are the Avro-Anson bombing aeroplanes in use by the Royal Australian Air Force designed along lines generally considered more suitable for civil aviation than defence work?

2.   Is it necessary for naval and military aeroplanes to have greater flexibility of movement than machines required for civil aviation purposes ?

3.   Were these Avro-Anson bombers originally designed and manufactured for civil aviation purposes and subsequently adapted to naval and military uses?

Mr Street - Like many other aircraft now used in air forces throughout the world, the Avro-Anson was designed originally as a civil aeroplane. It was accepted later by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force as an interim general reconnaissance (not bomber) type, pending the development of on aircraft specially designed for those duties. A specially developed general reconnaissance type is now in production in England, and within the next few months some of these machines, as well as LockheedHudson aircraft, will be delivered in Australia. These new type aircraft will gradually replace Avro-Ansons in service squadrons.

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