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Tuesday, 9 April 1957

Mr DAVIDSON (DAWSON, QUEENSLAND) (Postmaster-General) - A few weeks ago, I stated in this House that, as a precautionary measure, the Sea Venom aircraft had been temporarily grounded as the result of a report received from the Royal Navy about a slight defect that had developed in the catapult gear with which they were fitted, and that they would be thoroughly inspected before further use. 1 shall this afternoon issue a press statement which will state that, following inspection, these aircraft will be in operation with No. 808 squadron from Nowra, but that, for the time being. until we receive further reports from the Royal Navy about the extent of its investigations the Sea Venoms will not be returned to H.M.A.S. " Melbourne ", which is at present in other waters.

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