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Friday, 28 June 1946

Mr FADDEN (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) - In view of the charges by General Sir Thomas Blarney and Air Vice-Marshal W. D. Bostock, that continuous and sustained bungling atRoyal Australian Air Force Headquarters, Melbourne, hampered the operational units of the Royal Australian Air Force during the Pacific War,will the Prime Minister arrange for an inquiry by some competent authority with a view to revealing the organizational weaknesses of the Royal Australian Air Force, so that they can be corrected when the service is reorganized ? In view of the allegation by Sir Thomas Blarney that the removal of Air Vice-Marshal Bostock and Air Vice-Marshal Cole from the Royal Australian Air Force was accomplished in a manner worthy of Fascism, will the Prime Minister arrange for the inquiry to cover the grounds upon which a number of Air Force officers were retired recently, and the manner in which they were selected for retirement?

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