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Wednesday, 26 November 1941

Sir GEORGE BELL (DARWIN, TASMANIA) - In reference to the action taken by the Minister for the Army to ensure that Tasmanian soldiers in training on the mainland shall be transported to their homes at Christmas time by special services, both sea and air, will the Minister confer with the Minister for Commerce (Mr. Scully) in order to ensure that a crew will be available to work the ship which the Government proposes to put on? I undera stand that this ship, the Nairana, has run infrequently lately because it has been unable to get a crew.

Mr FORDE - The shipping company concerned said, when approached, that it would be able to put an additional ship on the run; apparently it did not expect to encounter any difficulty regarding a crew. However, if any difficulty arises, the honorable member may rest assured that it will be overcome as promptly as possible.

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