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Wednesday, 29 April 1942


Mr CURTIN - I do not propose to inform the House what particular forces have been assigned to the High Command.


Mr ARCHIE Cameron - I did not seek information about the forces; I asked about the powers.


Mr CURTIN - As to the powers, General MacArthur is the CommanderinChief. Each government is called upon to assign to him the forces that it is prepared to make available.


Mr Archie Cameron - I do not like the word " assign ". It smacks of insolvency.


Mr CURTIN - Whether or not the honorable member likes it, that is the term which is used. We have played our part, and I do not propose to describe it in detail. In the very nature of things, the land forces will be more considerable than would be the case if we possessed greater air or naval strength. The matter of the composition of the total forces depends upon their strength or weakness. The answer to that depends upon the amount of aid that can be made available in order to improve inherent weaknesses in Australia. I wish that General MacArthur had available to him all that lie would like to have.


Mr Archie Cameron - Is there anything the Government is going to refuse to him?


Mr CURTIN - There is nothing he would like to have, which is in the capacity of the Australian Government to give to him, that it has not already given to him.







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