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Tuesday, 28 February 1984
Page: 108

(Question No. 636)

Senator Kilgariff asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 16 December 1983:

(1) Is there any possibility of the British aircraft carrier Invincible going into the Captain Cook dry dock in Sydney for repairs to her propeller shaft.

(2) What de-ammunitioning procedures will be followed if this is still likely to occur, despite all the confusion and uncertainty generated by the Government' s mishandling of the visit of the Invincible.

(3) Can the work be carried out without the help having to remove its explosive armaments.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) (2) and (3) Since the British Government decided that, for operational reasons, it did not wish to pursue the possibility of using the Captain Cook dry dock for repairs to HMS Invincible the matters raised in the honourable senator' s question are now hypothetical.