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Tuesday, 29 May 1973
Page: 2735


Mr SCHOLES (CORIO, VICTORIA) - Is the Minister for Defence {a a position to indicate what orders and prospective orders are available for the Government' Aircraft Factories' aircraft Nomad? Has the Government considered giving or given financial guarantees for the bor rowings of money in order to finance advance orders of the aircraft and if no such guarantees are available, is the lack of guarantees and the necessity for the Government Aircraft Factories to seek Treasury approval after orders have been placed seriously jeopardising the sale of the aircraft?


Mr BARNARD - In answer to the honourable member for Corio who, of course, has shown a great interest in the. development of the Nomad may I say that this matter is under review. I am not in a position to give the honourable member precise figures at this stage as to the number of Nomad aircraft that will be produced in the near future. There is of course a program now under way and some Nomad aircraft are being produced at the Government Aircraft Factories. I will be putting a submission to Cabinet very shortly in relation to the requirements of the Government Aircraft Factories to continue with the. Nomad program. As the honourable member pointed out, some financial assistance will be required to enable the program to continue and for firm orders to be placed. Until that has been done, it will be difficult, I believe, for the Government Aircraft Factories to enter into a firm commitment concerning the future program of the Nomad. The statement will be made and put before Cabinet as soon as possible.







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