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Thursday, 9 May 1968

Mr FAIRHALL (PATERSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Defence) - It passes my comprehension that the Deputy Leader of the Opposition can extract this kind of information from the allegation of an additional crash. I understand that one aircraft was lost yesterday in the Nevada Desert during test flying operations. This will have no bearing on the Australian aircraft. Once again, as indicated by their interjections, there is almost joy on the part of honourable members opposite. Last night the honourable member for Lang said that it was no laughing matter when the United States lost another aircraft, but apparently today honourable members on the front bench opposite are enjoying the spectacle of another loss. Last night I said that the Australian Government would have all its aircraft heavily inspected and checked in the normal way before we take delivery.

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