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Monday, 15 March 1971

Senator KEEFFE asked the Minister for

Supply, upon notice:

(1)   How many aircraft, excluding the F111, have been purchased by the Department of Supply for government departments since 1st January 1965.

(2)   For which departments were the aircraft purchased: how many were new; and how many were second-hand.

(3)   Were all the aircraft purchased by tender, excluding the Jetair DC3s. If not, what other purchasing methods were followed.

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - The answer to. the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   Apart from the military aircraft manufactured locally by Department of Supply, 8 aircraft have been purchased, since 1st January 1965 for government departments.

(2)   The 8 aircraft purchased, were the 6 'secondhand' aircraft purchased from Jetair (Australia) Ltd. and 2 new aircraft for the Bureau of Mineral Resources.

(3)   No. All 8 aircraft were purchased by private treaty. The 2 new aircraft for the Bureau of Mineral Resources were specific types needed for specialised purposes and each was available from only one local source of supply.

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