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Thursday, 9 December 1976

Mr Morris asked the Acting Minister for National Resources, upon notice:

(1)   Has the Snowy Mountains Council purchased an aircraft to replace the one destroyed in the unfortunate crash on 20 May 1976.

(2   ) If so, what is its type and registration number.

(3)   From whom was it purchased, and what was the purchase price.

(4)   Is the aircraft now in service, and has it been in continual service since purchase; if not, why not.

(5)   What have been the costs of maintaining the aircraft since purchase.

(6)   When is the next overhaul service due to be carried out on the aircraft, and what is the anticipated cost of the service.

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

(1)   The Snowy Mountains Authority purchased a replacement aircraft with the endorsement of the Snowy Mountains Council.

(2)   It is a Britten-Norman Islander twin-engined aircraft with STOL performance with the registration number VH-ISI.

(3)   Hawker De Havilland Australia Pty Ltd. Purchase price: $115,000.

(4)   The aircraft has been in continual service since purchased.

(5)   The total maintenance cost since date of purchase to 3 1 October (latest official figure ) is $ 1 ,2 1 0.

(6)   The next overhaul service is a 100 hourly service due on 20 December 1 976 the estimated cost of which is $600.

Russian Military Bases in Mozambique (Question No. 1769)

Mr Bungey (CANNING, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

Can he say whether reports of the establishment of a Russian military base in Mozambique are correct; if so, what is the nature and capacity of the base.

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

While we are aware of reports that the Mozambique Government had made available an area on Bazarut Island, off the East African coast, for the installation of Soviet naval and air support facilities, we have no information which would establish whether or not the reports are correct.

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