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Wednesday, 26 November 1941

Mr HUTCHINSON (DEAKIN, VICTORIA) - Two days ago, an army spokesman issued a warning to the public not to refer to the movements of troops. Among the instructions that he gave were the following : -

Do not mention the impending or past departure of troops or any individual soldier, sailor, or airman.

Do not refer to any one being on official or pre-embarkation leave.

T)o not mention going to or being present at a farewell party.

How does the Minister for the Army reconcile those instructions with his broadcast to the world recently that the Australian Armoured Division would shortly proceed oversea?

Mr FORDE - Any broadcast that I made was consistent with advice which was tendered to me by the military authorities. That the Armoured Division will not leave for abroad immediately is well known. Some time will elapse before its departure.

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