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Wednesday, 13 May 1942

Mr ROSEVEAR (DALLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the Prime Minister read the statement alleged to have been made yesterday by Sir Owen Dixon, to the effect that the period of Australia's most acute danger had passed? In view of the solemn warnings uttered by the right honorable gentleman, as well as by the Minister for the Army (Mr. Forde) and the Minister for Air (Mr. Drakeford), in respect of the grave danger in which Australia is at present placed, and in view of the strenuous efforts that are being made overseas by the Attorney-General in order to secure further aid for this country, does the right honorable gentleman consider that this statement was appropriate to the occasion? As the views expressed by Sir Owen Dixon are in such direct conflict with those of Ministers, would it not bc wise to reconsider that gentleman's appointment as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary for the Commonwealth of Australia in the United States of America?

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