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Wednesday, 3 April 1957

Mr HOWSON (FAWKNER, VICTORIA) - I direct a question without notice to the Minister for External Affairs concerning Addu Atoll, in the Maldive Islands. Could the Minister state the terms of the lease that has been agreed upon by the United Kingdom Government with the present administration of those islands? Is an airfield and/or a naval base in the course of construction there? If so, when will the work be completed, and is it not true that this agreement could be of great assistance and significance to Australia?

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