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Tuesday, 22 April 1980
Page: 1627

Senator CARRICK -Yesterday Senator Sibraaasked me a supplementary question regarding the nature of the aircraft which took the Government party to England for Earl Mountbatten 's funeral. He referred also to the Hansard record of, I think, Estimate Committee A. I confirm that the aircraft used by the Governor-General, the Governor and others who travelled was a Royal Australian Air Force Boeing 707 aircraft. The only RAAF Boeing 707 aircraft available, the other being in block servicing, was used to transport the party to the funeral. This unexpected requirement to utilise the RAAF Boeing 707 aircraft in an alternative role resulted in a Qantas aircraft being chartered for the changeover of the Butterworth personnel which had earlier been planned for the same time. The planning for this changeover had proceeded to the stage where training commitments for the returning rifle company and the fact that personnel and their families had already vacated their accommodation meant that the changeover could not be deferred. I hope that that clears up the somewhat confused answer that is in Hansard.

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