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Wednesday, 27 February 1952

Mr CASEY (Minister for External Affairs) - It appears that a small vessel called Tiki sailed a few weeks ago northwards from Darwin with a crew of about seven men, including a number of foreigners. In due course, the vessel returned to Darwin. I sent an appropriate senior officer to Darwin to conduct a thorough interrogation of all of the men concerned in the enterprise. I have had a verbal report, but have not yet received a formal report. As soon as possible, I shall report the facts to the House. However, even at this stage I can say that I have convinced myself that no Australian authority, least of all the Australian Government, had any hand in the expedition or was responsible in any way for it. As soon as the facts are clarified precisely, I propose to inform both the Indonesian and Dutch Governments of them through their diplomatic representatives at Canberra.

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