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Wednesday, 12 April 1972
Page: 998

Senator POYSER (VICTORIA) - Is the Minister representing the Minister for Supply aware that there have been further dismissals of top grade electrical technicians by the Goverment Aircraft Factories at Avalon, Victoria? Does this mean that the Government has no immediate plans to place orders for the excellent STOL aircraft known as Project N? Is the Government aware that technicians of the quality of the tradesmen dismissed are hard to come by and that it is being very shortsighted in dismissing men of their calibre if it has any intention of rehabilitating this very important industry in Australia?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I am not aware that the honourable senator has stated a fact but I shall make inquiries of the Minister concerned and obtain some information for him. As I have said before, Project N is still undergoing an evaluation of the military need for this aircraft in the Department of Defence. It has been stated that this evaluation is hoped to be completed in the latter part of April. We have not arrived at that position yet, so I do not know where the honourable senator gets his information that the Government has shelved the project.

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