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Thursday, 23 March 1972
Page: 852

Senator POYSER - Can the Minister representing the Minister for Supply provide information to the Senate regarding the future of the aircraft industry in Australia, particularly in relation to the matters which I now mention? Have any orders been received for aircraft Project N2? Has the Government placed any orders for this aircraft? Is the Minister or the Government yet in a position to advise the Parliament of the stage that discussions have reached in regard to the proposed amalgamation of the Government Aircraft Factories and Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation? If not, when will the Parliament receive an authoritative statement on this matter?

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - The honourable senator has posed 3 or 4 questions in relation to the aircraft industry in Australia. I would need to refer these matters to the Minister. Even if I were Minister for Supply I would not be in a position to answer the questions without notice because they involve matters of Government policy and would certainly be linked with the Department of Defence. One of the questions posed by the honourable senator was whether any orders had been placed for the project N2 aircraft. That would be a matter which would be linked with the Service departments. Dealing with the state of negotiations between the Government Aircraft Factories and the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, I do not know personally what stage the negotiations have reached. I do know that they were initiated during my term as Minister for Supply, but I have not been informed what stage they have now reached. The honourable senator has asked relevant questions. I think I should attempt to obtain answers for him. Because of the slight delay which may occur before we reassemble, I would hope that some communication would be made to Senator Poyser when I obtain the information for him.

Senator Poyser - Do you ask me to place the question on notice?


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