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Wednesday, 8 May 1957

Mr JEFF BATE (MACARTHUR, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question, which is addressed to the Minister for Defence Production, is supplementary to that asked by the honorable member for Swan. By way of explanation, I cite the Minister's reply to the honorable member for Swan, in which he said that the slight difference of calibre-

Mr Beale - Not of calibre. They have identical calibres.

Mr JEFF BATE - I quote from the Minister's reply in which he said that there was a marginal difference.

Mr Beale - Not in bore.

Mr JEFF BATE - I want the Minister to say whether the rifle that the United States has selected will use the same calibre ammunition as the FN. 30 rifle. If not, does this not become a most serious matter for the Australian Government, because it will create enormous supply problems and result in congestion along the lines of supply, including jungle trails, to areas where Australian and American troops are fighting in conjunction?

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