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Thursday, 21 May 1936


On the 20th May Senator Guthrie asked the following question, upon notice: -

1.   How many of the bombing planes ordered from Great Britain by the Commonwealth Government for defence purposes have been delivered?

2.   If orders for bombing or any planes placed by the Government in Great Britain cannot be delivered in reasonable time,will the Government seriously consider the advisability of obtaining urgent requirements from Germany?

Iam now in a position to inform the honorable senator as follows: -

1.   It is not. in the public interest to supply this information.

2.   No departure from the approved policy of equipping the Royal Australian Air Force with types of aircraft standard in the Royal Air Force and other air forces of the Empire is contemplated.

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