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Wednesday, 30 November 1938

Mr FAIRBAIRN (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) - Is the Minister for Defence able to make any re-assuring statement concerning rumours that have been current since the Jervis Bay manoeuvres in September, regarding the condition of the five destroyers, which, prior to that time, had been held in reserve? It has been stated that these vessels were so badly cared for in reserve thatthree of them were unable to go to sea for a fortnight, and that when they did go to sea the fire' control system on all of them failed. Moreover, it also has been stated that it was unsafe to fire the torpedoes. If the Minister has not yet received a report on this subject will he call for one, and make a statement in regard to it before the Christmas recess?

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