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Thursday, 2 December 1965


Dr FORBES (BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister Assisting the Treasurer) - I do not think I have anything further to add on this subject to what I have said in the House before. The weapon has been evaluated by us and by the United States of America. It is already in service for limited and particular purposes and the numbers involved in those roles certainly would not justify the arrangements that would be necessary for producing it in Australia. Evaluation is proceeding as to whether this particular weapon system might be given a wider note, but that evaluation will take some time. It is only when that evaluation is completed that consideration could be given to whether it would be a proposition to manufacture the weapon in Australia.







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