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Tuesday, 3 December 1974
Page: 3081


Senator Missen asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

Will the Government, in view of the increased hardship caused to the growing number of unemployed persons, immediately abolish the requirement that a seven day waiting period must elapse before unemployment and sickness benefits become available.


Senator Wheeldon - The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Government has no immediate plans for the abolition of the seven day waiting period for payment of unemployment and sickness benefits which, it should be noted, is not required to be served more than once in any period of thirteen weeks. However, the matter for reducing delays in making the first payment of unemployment benefit is currently under consideration by the Department of Social Security.

RAAF Training Aircraft


Senator Bishop - On 3 1 October 1974, Senator Drake-Brockman asked me, as Minister representing the Minister for Defence, a question without notice, relating to the replacement programme for the RAAF Winjeel training aircraft.

The Minister for Defence has supplied the following additional information in answer to the honourable senator's question:

A reassessment of the number of CT4 Airtrainer aircraft required has confirmed the decision to proceed with the original quantity of 37 but with a deferred delivery option for the last 12 aircraft by up to twelve months at no extra cost to the Australian Government should this be required.

The project cost is $2. 765m and it is not expected that this cost will be exceeded.

The first aircraft for the RAAF is programmed for delivery in January 1 975, with the last three aircraft due for delivery in January 1976. It is not intended to exercise the deferred delivery option for the last 12 aircraft.

RAAF Aircraft: Long Range Maritime Patrol


Senator Bishop - On 3 1 October 1 974, Senator Maunsell asked me, as Minister representing the Minister for Defence, a question, without notice, relating to the replacement of the RAAF Neptune aircraft.

The Minister for Defence has supplied the following additional information in reply to the honourable senator's question:

The types of aircraft under consideration for final selection for replacement of the RAAF Neptune have been reduced to two- the Nimrod manufactured by Hawker Siddley Aviation, U.K.. and the Orion P3 manufactured by the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, U.S.A. However, the Boeing Company has represented that its aircraft be reinstated as a competitor.

As part of the evaluation process, a mission has visited Hawker Siddley Aviation and Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in September/October 1974 to discuss operational, technical, contractual and legal aspects. This mission also visted the Boeing Company to assess its latest proposals but on the understanding that this is without any commitment to the Australian Government. The contending suppliers are being advised in detail of Australian industrial participation requirements. The level of Australian industry involvement offered by suppliers will be a consideration in negotiations leading to the final selection of the aircraft.

A recommendation on the type of aircraft to be acquired is expected in the first half of 197fc







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