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Thursday, 14 November 1974
Page: 2463

Senator Baume asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(1)   Did the Minister for Defence meet a delegation of shipbuilding workers on 20 September 1972 and promise them that no Australian naval ships would be built outside Australia.

(2)   Is that still the Minister's position.

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

(1)   and (2) The Government will continue to ensure that the feasibility of local production is examined whenever proposals arise for the acquisition of new ships for the Royal Australian Navy. Many factors are involved and it is not possible to give an unequivocal assurance that all such vessels would be constructed in Australian shipyards.

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