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Question time ends (about 10 minutes earlier than usual)
Both Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese take a moment to acknowledge the fire and emergency service workers who have lost their lives, while on-duty, on what is Fire and Emergency Service memorial day:
Richard Marles to Melissa Price:
Can the minister confirm the government has spent $3.8m for defence helicopters with doors too narrow for the troops to fire guns and [move] out the door at the same time? Why has the government spent billions of dollars on helicopters that are not fit for combat?
The MRH 90 helicopter referred to by the member opposite does meet defence objectives, and it’s no secret that this helicopter has had some technical challenges [at this time].
The member opposite me might like to know that both the minister Reynolds and I have been working very closely with industry and with the department to make sure that we do overcome these challenges, to make sure we have the capability that our men and women in uniform deserve.