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Wednesday, 19 April 1972
Page: 1213

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES)

My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for the Navy. Was an amount of ยง750,000 spent on repairing and refitting HMAS 'Queenborough'? Was the work completed last year? After the ship had been at sea for 4 days did it break clown and have to return to Sydney? Has HMAS 'Queenborough' been relegated to the scrap heap within the last 3 weeks at Garden Island in Sydney? Will the Minister admit that the Navy has been patching up old and obsolete vessels merely to give the Australian public the impression that Australia has some element of a naval flotilla and merely to provide commands for senior naval officers?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Air) - 1 would not accept the last part of the honourable senators question. I feel quite sure that the Minister for the Navy will have something to say about it. The honourable senator asked me a series of detailed questions which I believe can be answered only after a great deal of study, so 1 suggest that he put his question on notice.

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