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Wednesday, 13 May 1942

Mr DRAKEFORD (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) (Minister for Air) - It is known that air attacks have been made by the enemy on Horn Island on more than one occasion. The particulars of some of those attacks have been published in the press from time to time, and I have had no further information to indicate that the press statements were incorrect In connexion with the general protection of northern Queensland - a subject on which the honorable member for Kennedy has sought information from time to time - the defence of the area is controlled from the Allied Head-quarters. For reasons which I think will be obvious to every honorable member, it is not possible to disclose what is being done for the proper defence of that area, because that information would be of value to the enemy.

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