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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 420

Dr Klugman asked the Minister for Science and the Environment, upon notice, on 1 6 April 1 980:

Will he recommend that construction of Australia's first Antarctic icebreaker ship, if approved, be undertaken in Australia so as to provide employment .

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

When design studies for the proposed Australian Antarctic ship are completed shortly, the Government will be in a position to decide on appropriate procurement action. In considering the financial aspects of ship construction, the Government will bear in mind the employment benefits which would accrue from constructing the ship locally.

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