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Thursday, 14 October 1971
Page: 2465

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister repre senting the Minister for Works, upon notice:

(1)   Did the Commonwealth Fire Board in 1965 develop an adaptor forjoiningfire hose couplings used in the Territories and the 4 Eastern States.

(2)   At what stage between his answers to me on 19th September 1968 (Hansard, page 1357) and to the honourable member for Boothby on 19th August 1971 (Hansard, page 396) was the decision made, for financial reasons, to defer the implementation of this adaptor.

Mr Chipp - The Minister for Works has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Yes, however, this adaptor is unsatisfactory for the threaded forms of couplings used in South

Australia, and Launceston, Tasmania. Also it is not suitable for connecting to the British Instantaneous Coupling, which is not a threaded coupling. The British Instantaneous Coupling is used in Western Australia and is also fitted to mobile appliances used by the Department of Civil Aviation and the Services Departments throughout Australia and by the Northern Territory Fire Brigade.

(2)   In view of the non-uniformity of couplings in use throughout Australia and with the knowledge of the difficulties of obtaining finance for standardisation of such equipment, the Commonwealth Fire Board did not continue to press their proposals to achieve standardisation throughout the Country by the use of this adaptor.

The matter of financial assistance was not raised by the Commonwealth Fire Board during the period 19th September 1968 to 19th August 1971.

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