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Wednesday, 13 October 1971
Page: 2240

Mr BARNARD (BASS, TASMANIA) - Has the Minister for Defence seen a report in the latest issue of Aviation News' claiming that more Phantom aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force are definitely on the production line at the McDonnell-Douglas plant in the United States of America? Is the report correct? If so, are the additional Phantoms intended as a replacement for the F111 aircraft? Alternatively, are these Phantoms a reconnaissance version designed to supplement the F111, assuming that the Government takes delivery of that plane?

Mr FAIRBAIRN (FARRER, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Defence) - I have not seen the report to which the honourable gentleman has referred but I can assure him that no decision along the lines he has mentioned has been made by this Government.

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