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Tuesday, 15 October 1974
Page: 1724

Senator Baume asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

What documents of provisional intention of any kind relating to the purchase of a model 370/168 computer system were exchanged between the Department of Social Security and IBM Australia Ltd (a) before 29 November 1973 and (b) between 29 November 1973 and 1 1 December 1973.

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

Letters were sent to IBM on 26 January 1973, 2 April 1973, and 31 May 1973 seeking information regarding the availability of a computer system of the scale of an IBM 370/ 1 68 and to ask related technical questions.

In each of these letters, it was specifically emphasised that the request for this advice was not to be taken as a commitment to purchase.

Following the submission of a quotation from IBM Australia Limited in response to the specfication for Tender sent to IBM on 21 November 1973 formal notification of intent to purchase was given on 1 1 December 1 973.

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