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Tuesday, 3 March 1970

Mr KILLEN - I will deal first with the honourable member's last question. I understand that no damage was done to the ferry. I am not aware of any time fixed to carry out the repairs to HMAS 'Parramatta'. I have seen a figure of some thousands of dollars relating to the repair of HMAS Parramatta* but that figure would be a highly speculative one at this stage. I would like to observe to the honourable gentleman and to the House that I think it is a pity that some people are endeavouring to apportion or to lay liability upon one or other of the vessels. Both vessels are now the subject of boards of inquiry and for my part I would hesitate very much indeed to say where liability should rest. I will make inquiries to see whether I can get a definite figure for the honourable gentleman as to the cost of the repairs and the time involved. I will supply the information to him at the earliest opportunity.

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