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Thursday, 28 August 1941

Senator BROWN (QUEENSLAND) - Was the machine made in Australia, or was it only assembled here?

Senator LECKIE - The first Beaufort bomber was largely made of imported fabricated parts. That was a much harder job than if the whole of the machine had been made here, because it meant that every part had to be redesigned and fitted. The second machine was made of materials which were fabricated in Australia, but not necessarily produced here. As each successive machine is produced, a larger quantity of Australian raw material in fabricated form will be used, until eventually it is expected that about 96 per cent. of the materials used in manufacturing the machines will be of Australian origin.

Senator ARMSTRONG - When does the Government expect to be able to announce that the manufacture of Bristol Beaufighter machines has begun in Australia?

Senator LECKIE - The Government has never announced that Beaufort fighter machines will be produced in Australia ; it has announced that a first-class fighter will be manufactured here. Plans are being prepared to that end.

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