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Tuesday, 27 October 1964

Senator ANDERSON (New South Wales) (Minister for Customs and Excise) . - I indicate to the Committee that 105 mm. ammunition is now being accepted by the Army and, therefore is being used by that Army, and any defects in the production of it have been solved. Perhaps with some heat, which was out of character for me, I tried to make the point that in the production and handling of ammunition there is great need to make tests in order to eliminate any doubt as to its condition. When some element of doubt exists, the ammunition has to be stood aside for proof testing or proof firing. I again say that all the difficulties that existed in this field have been overcome. The situation has been rectified. For that reason, I suggest there is no justification for postponing the consideration of the Division. The information that is available in the Committee is to the point that any problems that may have occurred during the period under review have been resolved. Many of us on both sides who have been associated with the handling of ammunition know that it is a highly technical matter. I do not feel that I shall be competent, at short notice in consideration of these estimates, to give any further information than that which I have been able to give up to the present.

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