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Friday, 22 May 1970

Mr Keating (BLAXLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister represent ing the Minister for Supply, upon notice:

(1)   Is the Government still considering a merger between the two major components of the Australian aircraft industry - the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation and the Government Aircraft Factories.

(2)   If so, will the Minister furnish details of the proposed merger.

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The Minister for Supply has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The Government considers that there is some scope for rationalisation of the activities of the aircraft industry, particularly in relation to the Government Aircraft Factories and Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Pty Ltd at Fishermen's Bend. My Department, in consultation with other appropriate Departments, is at present actively pursuing this possibility. Our aim will be to achieve a more effective organisation that can be built onto as Australia's future needs in the aircraft field dictate. In any rationalisation scheme that might be adopted, full consideration will be given to the interests of the employees concerned.

United States Military Aircraft (Question No. 763)

Mr Barnard asked the Minister for

Defence, upon notice:

(1)   What regular flights are made into Australia by United States Military aircraft:

(2)   What routes do these aircraft follow.

(3)   What aircraft are used.

(4)   At which ports do they call.

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

(1)   There are two regular flights per week into Australia by aircraft of the United States Military Airlift Command. (2)(a) Richmond-Alice Springs-Richmond

(b)   Richmond-Learmouth-Richmond

The aircraft arrive in Australia from and depart for Christchurch, New Zealand.

(3)   Lockheed C141.

(4)   See (2) above.

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