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Tuesday, 28 September 1971
Page: 1599

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:.

(1)   What was the (a), value and (b) general nature of the defence orders placed by the United States of America in Australia, and processed by his Department in 1970-71.

(2)   Does he know the (a) value and (b) general nature of any defence orders placed direct on industry in Australia by the. United States in that year.

Mr Fairbairn - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (la) The value of defence orders placed by the US in Australia and processed by the Department of Supply in 1970/71 was $7.100m. (lb) Trucks and sugar.

(2)   Complete records are- not available of orders placed directly on Australian industry by overseas countries, however some information on known contracts placed by companies in the United States is available and the details are as follows:

Hawker de Havilland Pty Ltd - aircraft components, S2.874m.

John Lysaght - Galvanised iron sheet, $0.577m.

Various firms - Meat, $0.270m.

Australian Training Aids - Portable range systems, $0.237m. State Dockyards New South Wales- Ship overhaul, $0.1 42m. - Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation- Aircraft components, $0.137m.

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