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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 3040

Mr Bury asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(1)   Have the Naval Air Power Studies, referred to in the third paragraph on page 35 of 'A Survey of Future Needs of the Royal Australian Navy, August 1972' (Parliamentary Paper No. 138 of 1972), which were being conducted within the Defence group of Departments, yet been completed?

(2)   If so, will he make the resultant report available to Parliament?

Mr Barnard - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Naval Air Power Study is continuing. The Study is complex involving the examination of Australia's strategic circumstances, the definition of possible operational tasks, the analysis of the effectiveness of naval air power in competition with other weapons and equipment systems, and the projected costs of acquisition and operation of various mixes.

(2)   The reports which will be produced following these studies will contain a vast amount of information, much of which will be based on predictions of the performance of systems which may, or may not yet be in development, and on information which is proprietary in nature. The report will not be made available generally, but conclusions from it will be made public as appropriate when decisions are made and announced by the Government in the context of future Defence Programs.

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