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Tuesday, 9 June 1970

Mr CHARLES JONES (NEWCASTLE, VICTORIA) - I direct a question to the Minister for Defence. I refer to a statement made by his predecessor, the then Mr, now Sir Allen Fairhall, on 7th February 1969. Under the heading Contract for Manufacture of Aircraft Wings in Australia' the then Minister was reported as having said:

A major contract, which would amount to $13m, has been signed wilh the General Aviation Corporation of California, United States, for the Australian manufacture of 100 wing sets and engine nacelles for a 36 seat feeder route airliner (known as the GAC100).

Has this contract been signed? If so, on what date? As 16 months have elapsed since Sir Allen Fairhall made this statement, can the Minister say when production of these 100 wing sets and nacelles commenced? If production has not yet commenced, can he give any indication to the House when it will commence?

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