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Thursday, 18 February 1971

Senator TURNBULL (TASMANIA) - I want to ask the Minister for Supply a question as a result of one of his answers in which he implied that an officer must have inspected the aircraft offered by Jetair and found that they were suitable. I want to know from which department this officer came. Did he inspect the Royal Australian Air Force aircraft? Did he inspect the TAA and Ansett Airlines DC3s and did he inspect the spare DC3 owned by the Department of the Interior which is still sitting on the tarmac?


The Department of Foreign Affairs chose to set about the purchase of these aircraft. I would assume, and I am sure everybody is entitled to assume, that the officers involved would be senior officers of the Department of Foreign Affairs. I am quite satisified that they would make a judgement and that it would be well founded. 1 almost get the impression that Senator Turnbull is suggesting that they did not know then* business. I am quite certain that the Jetair aircraft were of the type they were looking for.

Senator TURNBULL (TASMANIA) - But did they look at the others?

Senator Sir KENNETHANDERSONI would not know what they looked at at all. I do not know and I do not propose to find out. The fact of the matter is that they made a judgment and a recommendation to their Department and they are satisfied that it was and is a good purchase. I think that is where it finishes.

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