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Tuesday, 29 March 1966

Mr CHANEY (PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for the Navy) - In fairness to the Flag Officer of the Australian Fleet, who at the relevant time was Admiral Morrison, I must explain that a hypothetical question was put to him after he had already said that the journey by the convoy would not at any stage subject it to heavy air attack. He said further that if any convoy containing Australian ships was to take a passage which would bring it in danger of air attack, steps would be taken to see that adequate cover would be given. Admiral Morrison said that the convoy was completely covered for the movement it had to make. I assure the honorable member and the House that the Government will never allow a convoy containing Australian troops to move in any waters unless the cover provided is the most adequate that can be provided by all the forces available.

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