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Tuesday, 16 July 1946

Who ordered the Dutch destroyer Piet Hein to call at Brisbane and pick up food for Thursday Island?

To-day, one week after an announcement by the Netherlands East Indies Information Service that the vessel had been ordered to do so by the " Australian authorities ", this question was answered.

According to the Information Service and the Dutch Consulate in Melbourne, the request came from the Australian naval authorities in Brisbane, who asked the master of the Piet Hein, then under a "black ban " by Australian unionists, to pick up the food.

The destroyer is now on its way back to the East Indies, and is believed to be near Darwin.

Has the Minister for the Navy seen the report, and can he say whether there is any truth at all in the statement ?

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