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Wednesday, 23 March 1966

Mr COLLARD (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - No doubt the Minister for Defence is aware that several Australian suppliers are facing losses totalling several million dollars in respect of work carried out on or in connection with the construction of the United States naval communication station at North West Cape. Are the losses due largely to the default of the American partner in the joint United StatesAustralian enterprise which successfully tendered for the first stage of the project? If so, what steps is the Government taking to secure prompt payment for the many companies and individuals who have been waiting for more than a year to have their accounts paid and who, in relying on the Australian Government's co-operation in the undertaking and its insistance that the maximum practical use be made of Australian resources, extended credit and provided services?

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