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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 136

Senator KEEFFE - Asked the Minister for Air, upon notice:

(1)   Is the Minister aware that 4 DC3 Royal Australian Air Force aircraft are at Laverton Base and currently not being used.

(2)   Will the Minister recommend to the Government that the 4 aircraft be donated to Bangladesh to assist in relief work in that country-

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   It is confirmed that 4 DC3 aircraft are surplus to RAAF requirements.

(2)   I have been informed that the Department of Foreign Affairs advised the Bangladesh authorities of the availability of these aircraft in March 1972 and received a reply that they, were not suitable as Bangladesh did not have any servicing facilities for DC3 aircraft.

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