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Thursday, 9 May 1968

Mr FREETH (FORREST, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister Assisting the Treasurer) - Let me say immediately that I believe that it is desirable to maintain and construct aircraft in Australia. But there are limits to the degree to which this can be done. The Government buys aircraft from overseas and concludes contracts with other governments in relation to those machines. It is not always possible for us to fully manufacture all the aircraft we use in Australia. But subject to that limitation, we try to keep our aircraft manufacturing industry going to the best of our ability. I do not have any figures in my mind in relation to performance and the other aspects about which the honourable member has asked. I doubt whether there are any figures available, because there are many machines partly or wholly assembled in Australia which have components made abroad. But if there are any figures. I will supply them to the honourable member.

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