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Wednesday, 13 May 1942

Mr CURTIN (FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Prime Minister) - I have not read the statement, and was not present at the reception given yesterday by the Lord Mayor of Melbourne to Sir Owen Dixon ; consequently I am not in a position to say whether or not the report of what Sir Owen Dixon said is a faithful one; but I have been informed by gentlemen who were present at the reception that the report does not faithfully record hi." observations. I regard Sir Owen Dixon's capacity in this matter as of the highest, and his credibility as unquestionable. I am informed that Sir Owen Dixon pointed out that the enemy had had a much greater opportunity to move against Australia, and that had he moved earlier he would have found this country less capable of meeting his movement than it was at the end of last week. I accept that version, having been assured that it is a fair translation of Sir Owen Dixon's remarks. I am fortified in that acceptance by my knowledge of the views held by Sir Owen Dixon.

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