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Friday, 6 March 1942


Mr MORGAN (REID, NEW SOUTH WALES) - According to the published reports of statements made to the Government by Major-General Gordon Bennett, the Japanese made considerable use of Tommy guns in Malaya. Will the Minister for the Army avail himself of the offers of manufacturers, including Lysaghts and Carmichaels, for the production of the Owen and Stenn guns? Will the honorable gentleman hasten such projects and ensure that they are not impeded by the operations of the machine tools czar, Colonel Thorpe? According to Major-General Bennett, the Japanese adopted novel yet simple tactics, such as the use of bicycles in advancing along the beds of creeks. Will the Minister see that this example is followed by Australian troops, and also encourage the establish- ment in this country of guerilla units, such as the light horse unit proposed by Major-General Rankin, and many other proposals of a similar nature?







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