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Tuesday, 9 May 1972
Page: 1419

Senator TURNBULL (TASMANIA) - I direct my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. In view of the persistent rumours of cronyism concerning the

Government's purchase of 6 DC3 aircraft from the Jet-Air company, would the Minister be prepared to place on the table of the Senate all relevant documents and relevant extracts from memoranda concerning the necessity for purchasing civilian configuration DC3 aircraft and the necessity for purchasing these aircraft from the Jet-Air company? In view of the request from Cambodia for aircraft with military configuration, why did the Government purchase civilian configuration aircraft from the Jet-Air company instead of using its own excess Royal Australian Air Force military configuration aircraft? Finally, have the planes given to Laos and Nepal been delivered yet?

Senator WRIGHT (TASMANIA) (Minister for Works) - A responsible answer to the honourable senator's question obviously would involve consideration. That consideration will be given tothe subject that he raises at the earliest opportunity and I am sure that the Minister will co-operate by giving an answer as early as possible.

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