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Thursday, 11 October 1973
Page: 1930


Dr FORBES (BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Will the Minister for Defence provide the House with information on the many measures designed to achieve economies in defence expenditure, particularly those relating to cuts in training activity which He chose not to disclose in his statement on 22 August and in relation to which information has been dribbling out ever since with shattering effect on the morale of the Services? Will he provide this information, together with the estimated savings, before the debate on the defence estimates takes place?


Mr BARNARD - I did indicate in the defence statement that there would be some cut back, particularly in those areas of support to the Department of Defence. I refer, of course, to the munitions factories and the naval dockyards. The precise figures have not been determined. The matter is still under consideration. The honourable member will be aware that I received a deputation - indeed, several deputations - from people concerned in these areas. It has now been determined that the matter will be further considered by Cabinet before any final decision is made. When that has been done I shall be pleased to inform the honourable member of the final decision of the Government in relation to these matters.







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