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Wednesday, 29 April 1942

Mr JAMES (HUNTER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Minister for the Navy aware that, many of the boats have been pulled up more than 100 yards from the shore, and that at one point on the shore of Lake Macquarie, there is a congregation of more than 2,000 boats ? What consideration have the Minister's advisers given to the suggestion of sailing clubs and fishermen at Lake Macquarie that the boats should be collected into groups, and the owners allowed to appoint their own supervisors? If the boats are allowed to remain as they are at present, not one of them will be of any use three months hence. It is not true that they are under shelter.

Mr MAKIN - I repeat that policy in regard to this matter of immobilization of boats is directed by the Minister for the Army. The Department of the Navy has merely carried out the directions of the Department of the Army.

Mr James - But I do not know where I am. He passes the buck to you, and you pass it back to him.

Mr MAKIN - That is not so. It is the Department of the Army which gives directions, and the Department of the Navy merely executes the orders. Therefore, all questions touching upon policy should be directed to the Minister for the Army.

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