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Wednesday, 24 October 1973
Page: 1387

Senator RAE - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence. What was the cost of the abortive transport of a substantial quantity of Royal Australian Air

Force bombs from Sydney to Townsville and back to Sydney? Who was responsible for the fiasco which took 3 days of dithering for a decision to be made as to whether the bombs were to be sent to Darwin or back to Sydney? Who authorised and directed the transport of the bombs to Townsville? Why was the direction countermanded after the trucks arrived in Townsville?

Senator MURPHY - I do not know anything about the matter. I suggest that the honourable senator put the question on the notice paper.

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