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Thursday, 18 May 1939

Mr STREET - I understand that Mr. Hanlon made some such statement as that referred to by the honorable member. There is no truth whatever in the somewhat fantastic idea that this Government has any intention to desert the

North. I have been informed that on one occasion Mr. Hanlon is alleged to have said that no doubt it would be desirable from the point of view of Australia, to have strong European nations interested in the Pacific and that Australia would feel less lonely if the former German portion of New Guinea were handed back to Germany. Whether bc is still of the same opinion I cannot say.

Mr Forde - That is a complete misrepresentation of what Mr. Hanlon said.

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