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Thursday, 25 May 1972
Page: 2055


Senator BISHOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate as the representative of the Minister for Defence. What is the current position relating to Government and Royal Australian Air Force investigations into replacement aircraft for the Air Force? Have all firms who wish to tender according to the specifications of the Air Force now submitted their tenders? When is it likely that this matter will be determined? Has the Government firmly based its programme on co-production or offset ordering?


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Air) - Following the issue RAAF staff requirement for a Mirage replacement, the Department of Air has received a number of proposals. It is believed that one or two proposals might still be coming forward. Although the Department of Air continually carries out an evaluation of each military aircraft, the evaluation which will conduct the firm evaluation on the replacement of the Mirage has not as yet commenced operations. It will be doing so in the near future. The policy of the Government is that offset ordering or co-production is a firm requirement for any replacements for the Air Force. That will be one of the main considerations in selecting the successful company.







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