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Friday, 10 December 1965

Mr FAIRHALL (PATERSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Supply) - There is no formalised joint procurement arrangement of the kind referred to by the honorable gentleman. If there were such an arrangement, I think it would be dealt with by my colleague the Minister for Defence. With respect to those matters which are the responsibility of the Department of Supply, there has developed a very close liaison with our opposite numbers in New Zealand.

Our own requirements in the defence supply field are, of course, kept under constant review with the Joint War Production Committee and various industrial advisory committees. In more recent times we have encouraged the New Zealand authorities to give us a list of their own likely wartime requirements for which they would look to Australia as a source of supply. These we have amalgamated with ours and, therefore, to that extent we are able to consider our likely joint requirements in the field of supply. Apart from that, close liaison has developed in a survey of the industrial capacity of New Zealand. Only last week we were able to issue the first order on a New Zealand company for defence tooling under an arrangement recently entered into. The New Zealanders have access to our supply laboratories as required and generally the liaison, as I mentioned, is getting particularly close.

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