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Tuesday, 9 May 1939

Mr MAHONEY (DENISON, TASMANIA) - I understand that the Defence Board proposes to establish an additional naval base. In view of the opinions expressed recently by naval experts that the port of Hobart, owing to its natural protection, has the best claims for consideration in this respect, will the Minister for Defence call for an immediate report from the naval authorities on this matter, or, alternatively, will he institute an inquiry to determine which is the best port for the establishment of a naval base ?,

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