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Tuesday, 2 May 1961

Mr CURTIN (KINGSFORD-SMITH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I preface a question to the Minister for Defence by stating that some time ago I asked the Minister for particulars of the proposed sale of Cockatoo Dockyard to the overseas firm that now has a lease of that dockyard. I understand that the lease will soon expire. The Minister did promise to make a statement on the matter. I now ask him whether he is ready to explain to honorable members why this dockyard is being sold; or whether he is waiting until Parliament goes into recess before releasing these particulars so that he may escape criticism for his action.

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