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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
Page: 1717

Mr Barnard asked the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice:

(1)   Can he say which American, British, Japanese and European companies make Omega receivers.

(2)   Which of the companies has associates in Australia.

(3)   What is the cost of each model of Omega receiver made by the companies.

(4)   How many receivers have been manufactured by each of the companies.

Mr Nixon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Companies manufacturing Omega receivers include:

TracorInc., U.S.A.

Litton Industries, U.S.A.

I.T.T., U.S.A.,

Koden Electronics, Belgium

Sercel, France

SAIT Electronics, Belgium

Redifon Ltd, U.K.

Northrop Corporation, U.S.A.

Hastings-Raydist, U.S.A.

It is unlikely that this list is exhaustive.

(2)   As far as our immediate knowledge of commercial arrangements is concerned it is believed that all these companies have in Australia, either an associated company or a company representing them.

(3)   The receivers which have been made cover a wide range of applications, complexity and available options, hence a comprehensive statement of the current costs of all makes and models is not available. As has been publicly stated, typical cost for a simple marine receiver is {3,500. At the other extreme, the cost of an airborne receiver incorporating computer would be in the order of $50,000.

(4)   Production quantities are not divulged by manufacturers.

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