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Tuesday, 23 July 1946

Mr FORDE - A private inquiry is to be held by the Chief Justice of Gibraltar. It will refer, not to the 'behaviour of Australian troops, but to "the matter of co-operation between civil police and military police at Gibraltar. When it was first reported that there "would be an official inquiry, action was taken by this Government to see that the Australian military forces would be adequately represented. The Prime Minister communicated with the Australian Resident Minister in London, Mr. Reasley, and arrangements were made for the Commanding Officer of the Victory Contingent, Major-General Eather, to leave Shropshire at Colombo and fly back to Gibraltar if necessary to be present during the inquiry. However, Mr. Beasley has been assured by Sir William Bacon, the Chief Justice of Gibraltar, at an interview in London that there will be no official inquiry involving Australian troops. Consequently, it is not necessary for the Australian Contingent to be represented. Nevertheless Captain Foley, of the Australian Resident Minister's Office in London, will be an observer at the private investigation.

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