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Tuesday, 2 June 1942

Mr PERKINS (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - 'Will the Minister for the Navy explain how it happened that the first official news of the attack was received in Sydney from press sources in the United States of America, the second announcement came from the British Broadcasting Corporation, and the first details were released in Melbourne? Why was the important city of Sydney overlooked in that manner in the dissemination of the news?

Mr MAKIN - The honorable member will understand that communiques are issued by the Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Forces in the South-west Pacific. It was considered undesirable to make an earlier announcement, because a premature disclosure of the fate of the three submarines might have warned any other enemy vessels lurking in adjacent waters that we suspected their presence. The Department of the Navy considered that the successful attack on the submarines should be kept a secret for as long as possible and it was left to the CommanderinChief to determine the most favorable moment to release the news.

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