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Thursday, 26 March 1942

Mr SPENDER (WARRINGAH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Minister for the Army aware that a broadcast was made by Mr. A. M. Pooley two nights ago in which he stated that Tokyo had admitted that the Japanese losses at Rabaul amounted to 7,000. He said that he had received private information that 3,000 Japanese had been killed and 4,000 wounded. He went on to say that the Government had made no announcement regarding operations at Rabaul, but that when an official statement was released it would disclose an epic feat of arms by the Australian Forces. Will the Minister have an investigation made of the circumstances connected with the broadcast? Assuming that no official statement can yet be made, is it advisable that speculation should be permitted over the radio or in the press as to the losses incurred in the course of military operations?

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