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Wednesday, 15 September 1971
Page: 1314

Mr KEATING (BLAXLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I address a question to the Minister for Supply. Will the Government consider having the design of the Government Aircraft Factories Ikara antisubmarine missile system adapted to a surface to surface missile system employing the same handling and guidance systems for use on Australian naval vessels constructed in the future? Would such an adaptation be relatively simple and provide an alternative to the expensive surface to surface missile systems normally acquired from the United States and also provide a vital work load for Australia's declining aircraft industry? Was such an adaptation proposed to the Government 3 years ago and was no action taken upon it? If this is so, will the Minister inform the House why the proposal was rejected?

Mr GARLAND (CURTIN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Supply) - The honourable gentleman asks me a very technical question about the successful development in Australia of the Ikara missile. I have not had under notice the particular aspects of this matter that he has referred to. I will take an early opportunity to look at them and to give him a reply.

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