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Thursday, 28 September 1972
Page: 1307


Senator CAVANAGH - I direct my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. It concerns the papers tabled yesterday relating to Jetair Australia Ltd. At the time that delivery was taken of the DC3 aircraft one of them could not get off the ground because of an engine failure. Was that engine repaired at the estimated cost of $5,000, as suggested in the papers, or was it replaced with a newly purchased engine from the Royal Australian Air Force?


Senator WRIGHT - The reference by the honourable senator to $5,000 as an estimate of repairs does not strike a memory chord in my mind. In respect of one of the DC3 aircraft, it is true that on testing for take-off it showed signs of misbehaviour. It was subjected to test as to magneto and other components. On a second test it again gave an unsatisfactory result. A recommendation was then made that the engine be changed. The cost, at first, was estimated - I speak from memory - at $2,396. The result was an amount close to S3,000. That cost was accommodated within the estimate which was made for the cost of refurbishing and refitting the aircraft for flight to the aid country, which was the purpose of the transaction.







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