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Friday, 12 September 1969


Mr ROBINSON (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I refer the Minister for Shipping and Transport to a statement he made in this House on 26th August last concerning the tragic sinking of the motor vessel 'Noongah' off Kempsey on the north coast of New South Wales and in which he said that an initial preliminary inquiry into this unfortunate disaster was taking place. 1 ask: Has this preliminary inquiry been completed? If so, can he inform the House of the result of that inquiry and what further action is contemplated? I also ask whether a full appreciation has been made of the rescue operations which involved the Royal Australian Air Force, the Navy, the New South Wales civil defence organisation and the police force, together with hundreds of civilians in the Kempsey area?







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