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Tuesday, 9 November 1976


Mr Hayden (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

In respect of the navies of the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, is he able to provide operative details of the (a) naval personnel strength (b) marine equivalent strength, (c) total number of ships, (d) total ship tonnage, (e) average ship tonnage, (0 average age of ships, (g) proportion of ships which are aged (i) less than 5 years, (ii) more than 5 years but less than 10 years, (iii) 10 years or more but less than 15 years, (iv). 15 years or more but less than 20 years and ( v) 20 years or more.


Mr Killen - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The information requested may be obtained from current editions of The Military Balance and Jane 's Fighting Ships.

Sales Tax on Vehicle Safety Components (Question No. 1265)


Mr Morris asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

Has he requested his Department to review its advice on the proposal for a reduction of sales tax on vehicle safety components in the interest of obtaining increased vehicle safety at a reduced cost as recommended by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Road Safety; if so, what was the result; if not, why not.


Mr Lynch - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The question of reducing the rate of sales tax on road vehicle safety components has been re-examined, as the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Road Safety recommended in its May 1976 Report. The conclusion reached is that the weight to be attached to the advice conveyed by the Treasury to the Committee remains the same. Indeed, that advice seems to be reinforced by some of the views expressed by the Committee, notably in paragraphs 161 and 173 of its Report.







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