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Wednesday, 29 April 1942

Mr CURTIN - I have no means of ascertaining the source of the information available to the Melbourne Herald, and I do not propose to employ myself in endeavouring to do so. However, I shall inquire into a similar announcement by the Australian Broadcasting Commission, because it is a government instrumentality. Frankly, I do not care what the newspapers say. The use of Australian forces, whatever their composition, involves advice from the High Command upon military strategy, and a statement of the forces that are required. Then Australia has a voice, just as has every other country, because the Government of the day decides the nature of the forces that will be assigned to the commander. That has been true since the outbreak of war, not only of this Government, 'but also of every other government in the united nations. The Commonwealth Government has introduced no new policy in that regard. The statement that I made earlier about the complete cooperation and understanding between General MacArthur and myself is such that I know of no demand imposed by military necessity upon this Government, that it has not already satisfied.

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