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Tuesday, 2 May 1961

Mr TOWNLEY (DENISON, TASMANIA) (Minister for Defence) - The learned honorable member for Kingsford-Smith has once again raised something which is in the nature of a scare. There is no possibility of Cockatoo Dockyard being sold at the present time. At this stage, there is no proposition whatever before the Government for anything other than the lease held by the Cockatoo Dock and Engineering Company, which does not expire until 1974.

The other question which the honorable member asked should properly have gone to the Minister for the Navy, who has told me that at present the Cockatoo Dock and Engineering Company is fitting out H.M.A.S. " Parramatta ", which is due to be completed in July, 1961, and H.M.A.S. " Stuart ", due to be completed in January, 1963. It is also refitting the submarine H.M.S. "Tabard", and that work is due to be completed in January, 1962. He also informs me that the submarine refitting programme provides for one submarine of the 4th Submarine Division to refit at Cockatoo Dockyard each year. On completion of work on H.M.S. " Tabard ", it is expected that a second submarine will be under refit until approximately January, 1963, and that a third will then follow. In addition to work undertaken for the Navy, the Cockatoo Dock and Engineering Company also carries out commercial work

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