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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 3311

Mr ERWIN (BALLAARAT, VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister for Supply a question. Now that the Government has agreed to produce 20 of the Project N aircraft manufactured by the Government Aircraft Factories, will the Minister inform the House of the action that is being taken to promote sales and whether the aircraft has yet been named?

Mr GARLAND (CURTIN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Supply) - The Government is pursuing a vigorous campaign to sell the aircraft, which at present is known as Project N, and is examining several alternatives to find an experienced sales representative or representatives with a world-wide network of contracts. The Government believes that there is cause for confidence in selling this aircraft. Although it is probable that the aircraft can be sold in lots of one's and two's only, the interest which has been shown indicates that it should be possible to sell a considerable number of the aircraft. For that reason it is necessary to find an experienced sales organisation. I hope to be able to announce before very long that one has been found. However, on this point I would say that the Australian aircraft industry has a great opportunity to sell many of these aircraft, provided that it can maintain fairly stable cost of production. As to the second part of the question, honourable members will be aware that the Government has received many suggestions for a name for this aircraft and that competitions have been held by radio stations and newspapers for this purpose. The Government has taken advice about the sort of name that would be more acceptable in the markets to which it looks, namely, in North America and Europe, and has decided that the name of the aircraft should be Nomad.

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