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Thursday, 10 September 1942

Mr CURTIN - The operations that have been conducted in New Guinea in association with the general war position in Australia are under the control of the Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Forces in the South-west Pacific area, General Mac-Arthur, and the Commander of the" Allied Land Forces, General Blarney. I consider that I am fully acquainted with all the circumstances of the New Guinea operations. There is nothing that I could do by being on the spot which would give to the commanders greater ability than they already possess. I am quite satisfied that to the maximum of the resources available the operations in New Guinea will be waged by the Allied forces there in a manner which will win the admiration of the people of Australia. I do not know what the result will be, but I am convinced that nobody outside the commanders of the gallant Allied forces engaged in those operations could- contribute anything materially useful in the efforts that they are making.

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