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Thursday, 3 February 1994
Page: 425

(Question No. 964)

Senator Calvert asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 12 January 1994:

  (1) What type of wrist watches were purchased by the Royal Australian Air Force Base, Amberley, Purchasing, with a purchase reference date 23 November 1993, from Citizen Watches Australia Pty Ltd.

  (2) What was the total cost of these wrist watches.

  (3) How many wrist watches were purchased.

  (4) What is the reason for this purchase.

  (5) What characteristics make this purchase necessary.

  (6) Which personnel will make use of this purchase.

Senator Robert Ray —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  (1) Citizen `Adventure' watches, catalogue No. T011, part No. JJ0084-07J.

  (2) $3,497.50.

  (3) Fifty watches.

  (4) The wrist watch forms part of the approved RAAF uniform for personnel on a number of specific duties.

  (5) RAAF specifications prescribe that the watches meet criteria including: luminous dial and three hands, hour, minute and second; stopwatch feature; waterproof stainless steel or plastic case; quartz operation, marker every minute, continuous 12 or 24 hour readout with alarm; battery powered with low power indication and interior light for LCD display.

  (6) Issue of the watches is restricted to aircrew, ground defence officers, medical staff on active clinical duty, air traffic control officers and members of police dog sections.