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Thursday, 21 February 1980
Page: 316


Mr John Brown (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 13 November 1979:

(1)   How many SE100 chairs were purchased by his Department for use at Australian Airports.

(2)   When were these chairs purchased.

(3)   What was the cost to his Department of these chairs.

(4)   How serviceable have the chairs proved to be.

(5)   Is it a fact that 2 of the chairs in use at Sydney airport have collapsed.

(6)   Is is also a fact that a contractor has been employed to modify the chairs.

(7)   If so, what has been the cost to his Department for the modification ofSE100 chairs.

(   8 ) Has the base of the chairs been attached to an H frame with inferior belts.

(9)   When will chairs be purchased to replace the SE 100.


Mr Hunt - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1   ) 420 Chairs have been purchased.

(   2 ) The first consignment of chairs was purchased in1967. Further supplies of the chairs have been purchased since on an 'ad hoc' basis, 8 having been purchased in the last 4 years.

(3)   The price of the chairs has gradually increased over the 10-year period 1967-1977. The current price is approximately $ 1 80 per chair.

(4)   Because the chairs are in constant use, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, they are put under tremendous stress and strain by a number of different users. Repairs necessitated by this constant use have been minimal and of a minor nature. As Sydney Airport is the only location where the SE100 chairs have had to be modified since their introduction in 1967, the Department considers the SE 1 00 have served their purpose quite adequately.

(5   ) Yes, two chairs at Sydney Airport have collapsed.

(6)   The firm of Payne and Hirst, 8 Little Queen Street, Chippendale, Sydney, was engaged to repair the two broken chairs. The contractor considered the fixing point inside the chairs to be inadequate; as a result of this, the SE 100 chairs at Sydney Airport were fitted with a more substantial fitting.

(7)   The contractor has quoted S2S to S3S per chair, total costS250-$300.

(8)   No. The contractor considered the fixing point inside the seat to be inadequate.

(9)   Since 1975 'Domore' type chairs have been progressively purchased to replace the SE 100 's. The Department of Transport, which constantly reviews the question of suitability of this type of chair is currently testing a Wilkhahn chair to see whether it is preferable to both the SE 100 and Domore' types.







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