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Tuesday, 16 October 1973
Page: 2149

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Does the right honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr GORTON - Yes. I claim to have been misrepresented by the Minister for Defence (Mr Barnard), who has just resumed his seat and who stated to the House that I had said there was no threat to Australia for 10 years, with the implication that I accepted that and therefore thought there was not any need to order new equipment. Mr Deputy Speaker, this is a travesty of what in fact I said to this House and in public. In fact I said that the advice given to the Government was that there was no foreseeable threat for some 10 years ahead but. that this was no excuse for not ordering new equipment for the Army, Navy and Air Force because the lead time required - the time between order and delivery - was 6, 7, 8 or more years and that therefore we must not waste the time available to us. This is an entirely different impression from the one which was sought to be given by the Minister for Defence. It is because he is now wasting this time and putting our country in jeopardy that this motion has been moved.

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