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Thursday, 5 March 1942

Mr CURTIN - I know nothing of the map, but if it reveals all that the honorable member has said, then he might have discussed the matter with me in a way that would not have attracted so much attention to the maps.

Mr Harrison - A copy of the map was sent to the Prime Minister's Department three days ago.

Mr CURTIN - I did not get it,

Mr Harrison - That shows bad staff work.

Mr HARRISON - As the Prime Minister has chided me for having failed to draw attention to this matter in a different way, I desire to inform the House, by way of personal explanation, that three days ago I brought this matter to the notice of the honorable gentleman, together with a copy of the map. As I received no reply from the Prime Minister, I thought that it might be as well for him to be made aware of the facts so that he might, instead of chiding me, chicle some officer on his personal staff for having failed to bring such a matter of vital importance to his notice.

Mr Curtin - I have been very busy during the last three days, and so have members of my staff.

Mr HARRISON - If this matter is not important, what is?

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