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Tuesday, 17 October 1972
Page: 1586

Senator O'BYRNE asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   Did the tabling in the Senate on 27th September 1972 of papers relating to the purchase of 6 DC3 aircraft from Jetair Australia Ltd cause great concern to some senior public servants in 4 Government Departments.

(2)   Did Mr K. C. O. Shann, C.B.E. Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, in a Departmental Minute in 1971, stale that the details of the order given to him by the then Secretary to the Department of Supply, Mr A. S. Cooley, were 'very disturbing'.

(3)   Did a Senior Department of Supply officer in a minute to Mr Cooley ask:

(a)   what grounds there were for restricting the purchase to Jetair Australia Ltd; and

(b)   what grounds were there for considering $275,00 a reasonable price.

Senator WRIGHT-The Minister for Foreign Affairs has furnished the following reply:

(1)   No.

(2)   Not that expression. The record appears in the papers tabled.

(3)   Yes.

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