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Tuesday, 29 March 1966

Mr BENSON (BATMAN, VICTORIA) - Does the Minister for the Navy recall the remarks of the Flag Officer commanding the Australian Fleet when the last contingent of Australian troops was convoyed to South Vietnam? Have steps been taken to give greater protection to our troops, having regard to the Admiral's warning that the aircraft carrier " Melbourne " could not provide air cover for a convoy against an intense air attack? Will the next convoy sail with greater protection? Will the Minister take steps to ensure that our Navy has a greater part to play than a limited anti-submarine role?

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