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Wednesday, 20 August 1980
Page: 558

Mr Barry Jones (LALOR, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 27 February 1980:

(1)   Did the Commonwealth place an order recently for50 blood-counting machines.

(2)   Are there only 1 2 Army laboratories that could use one of each of these; if so, are others intended for field hospitals.

Mr Killen (MORETON, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Defence) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Department of Defence has not centrally purchased or placed an order of50 blood-counting machines in the last two years.

(2)   Blood-counting apparatus is used in 24 Army units. The sophistication of the equipment varies with the particular medical requirements of the field, support and research medical units of the Army. The requirement for various bloodcounting machines would certainly exceed SO in relation to my Department.

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