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Tuesday, 30 May 1939

Mr STREET (CORANGAMITE, VICTORIA) (Minister for Defence) - I have read the statement in question. I have not seen Samarai, but I understand that it is a small island, almost impossible of defence, whereas Port Moresby, on the contrary, provides a very efficient area for the defence of the locality. Port Moresby has been chosen only after the fullest investigation by the Chief of Staff. I prefer to accept the advice of my principal advisers.

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