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Friday, 27 November 1959

Mr TOWNLEY - I shall deal first with shipbuilding. The honorable member will be aware of the present Navy programme, but, as I said yesterday, the Minister for the Navy has still to bring to Cabinet his proposals in regard to the construction programme. Until those proposals have been considered and decisions taken, one cannot say what will be the level of shipbuilding. But I can assure the honorable member that the Government is deeply conscious of the importance of the shipbuilding industry to Australia.

Mr Crean - When will the Minister's proposals be brought before Cabinet?

Mr TOWNLEY - We are hoping that it will be after the Chief of the Naval Staff goes overseas, which will be in the next month or so.

Mr Crean - When will a decision be arrived at with regard to aircraft construction?

Mr TOWNLEY - It is hoped that a decision will be made within the next two or three months on the type of aircraft to be adopted.

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