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Wednesday, 10 April 1957


Mr LUCHETTI (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question, which is addressed to the Minister for Defence Production, is in two parts. The first part deals with the acceleration of production of the new service rifle, and the second with the manufacture of ammunition for the weapon. In view of the statement that the new rifle will not come into production until 1959, will the Minister take appropriate steps to see that additional toolmakers are engaged for the tooling-up for production, so as to advance the date of the mass production of the weapon? If toolmakers are not available in Australia, will the Minister take action to provide accommodation, so that toolmakers may be recruited from the United Kingdom, and so that the Commonwealth Government will be able to play its part in the " Bring out a Briton " programme? Because of unemployment in the Lithgow district, and with the object of decentralizing a vital defence establishment, will the Minister consider favorably the Lithgow district as a suitable area for the erection of a factory for the manufacture of ammunition for the new service rifle?







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