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Tuesday, 2 April 1957

Mr LUCHETTI (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - ls the Minister for Defence Production yet in a position 10 make a considered statement on the progress being made with the production of the new service rifle, the F.N. 30, at the Commonwealth Small Arms Factory? I also ask him whether a definite date has yet been set when the new rifle will come into production. I remind him that it is now two and a half years since his predecessor made a definite promise to this Parliament. I should also like to know from the Minister whether plans have been made for the manufacture of the ammunition for this new rifle. If plans have not been made, will he consider having a factory established in close proximity to the factory manufacturing the new weapon?

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