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Monday, 29 May 1989
Page: 2953

Senator CRICHTON-BROWNE(9.40) —I have one short question to ask the Minister which I presume he will not be able to respond to immediately. I wonder whether he will be kind enough to give me an answer in due course. It follows a series of questions asked by Senator MacGibbon some time ago in respect of damage done to HMAS Oxley when it was being slipped in Cockburn and Fremantle. Can the Minister confirm whether, as a result of damage or otherwise, when travelling to a depth of 600 feet the vessel is taking four litres of water per minute through leaks in the port gland? Can he also advise whether there have been problems with the antifouling on the HMAS Swan which has caused it to be replaced as a result of inappropriate applications?