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Tuesday, 30 July 1946

Mr FORDE - I have not seen the article to which the honorable member refers, but I shall peruse it. An inquiry is now being held by the Governor of Gibraltar, not into the incident on that day, but into the co-operation between the civil police and the military police. It was intended that should the conduct of any Australian be considered at the inquiry, we should send MajorGeneral Eather back from Colombo to Gibraltar; but we have been told that the inquiry will not concern the conduct of any Australian.

Mr Haylen - It should.

Mr FORDE - Having such a high opinion of the Australian contingent, which consists of picked men, half of whom had won decorations during the war, I felt sure that if there had been any slight misconduct on their part it must have been due to very great provocation. I shall take into consideration the thoughtful representations which the honorable member has made on their behalf.

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