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Wednesday, 28 October 1964
Page: 1364

Senator HENTY (Tasmania) (Minister for Civil Aviation) . - I should like to deal with some of the matters that honorable senators have raised. I refer first to Division No. 675 - Naval Construction, for which the proposed vote is £19,985,000. I mentioned the classes of ships that are being built and where they are being built. Senator McClelland asked whether any search and rescue ships are being constructed. I understand that the proposed vote does not cover the construction of any new search and rescue ships. There are a number of smaller ships in the planning stages but the amount appropriated under this division does not cover them.

The item relating to the National Capital Development Commission refers to that part of naval expenditure involved in providing for the electronic data processing plant. This computer is used by all of the Services and the amount represents the Navy's contribution this year towards that particular item. Senator Willesee asked about the amount provided for compensation and inquired whether it applied to third parties. This item covers common law claims. The large increase in expenditure last year was due to the " Voyager " disaster. That is also why the expenditure was so much more last year than the appropriation for this year.

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