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Tuesday, 23 May 1972
Page: 2857

To the Honourable, the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the employees of the Australian Aircraft Industry and citizens of the Commonwealth respectfully sheweth:

1.   That the Government has allowed the Australian Aircraft Industry to reach a state of serious decline, threatening the future of the industry and undermining any possibility of Australia having an independent defence capability.

2.   That owing to inconsistency in defence policy, the Government has not encouraged Service Departments to tailor their equipment needs with the necessary lead lime for local design and manufacture.

3.   That the Government should make it mandatory that offset manufacturing provisions be written into all invitations to tender documents for the supply of civil and military aircraft from overseas.

4.   That the Government should stipulate that all high rate usage spares for service equipment be manufactured by the local industry.

5.   The need to provide finance at ExportImport Bank rates to assist the sale of high value Australia manufactured military equipment to foreign countries.

6.   The need for Government initiative to assist the Australian Aircraft Industry to secure and undertake collaborative research and development work in major overseas aerospace projects.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray. by Mr Keating.

Petition received.

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