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Tuesday, 10 October 1972
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Dr Klugman asked the Minister for the Navy, upon notice:

(1)   Are the prophylactics against venereal disease, issued by the Navy, condoms. (Hansard, 20th September 1972, page 1731).

(2)   If so, are they in fact also contraceptives.

Dr Mackay - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Although they may frequently have the effect of preventing conception, they are not issued for this purpose, but solely to prevent the transmission of venereal infection; they are not, therefore, regarded as being contraceptives.

Navy: Shipbuilding programme (Question No. 6492)

Mr Hansen (WIDE BAY, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for the Navy, upon notice:

(1)   How many vessels has the Royal Australian Navy on order to be built in (a) Australia, and (b) Overseas?

(2)   How many ships were commissioned during the last year?

(3)   What types of ship were they?

(4)   How many vessels were disposed of by the Navy during the last year?

Dr Mackay - The answers to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

(1)   (a) One (1), (b) two (2)

(2)   One.

(3)   (a) On order in Australia - a hydrographic vessel of 700 tons under construction at Williamstown Naval Dockyard, (b) on order overseas - 2 Oberon Class submarines under construction at Scotts Shipyard in Scotland, (c) commissioned during the last year - HMAS Teal, a Mine Counter Measures Vessel which had been in reserve.

(4)   The disposal authority is the Department of Supply and there were 6 ships disposed of. They were Tobruk, Barcoo, Quiberon, Culgoa, Kara Kara, Quickmatch and Gascoyne.

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