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Wednesday, 1 December 1976
Page: 3061

Mr HAYDEN (Oxley) -I was saying that I feel embarrassed commending the Minister for

Defence once again, but I commend him for a restrained and balanced statement on this matter. I full well remember the discussion in the Cabinet, of which I was a member, following the cyclone disaster in Darwin. My impression of those days- I rely on my recollection- is that the most valuable contribution immediately after and thereafter in the relief of Darwin and the organisation of that relief and subsequently the organisation of services and responses necessary to restore the city was largely by the Police Commissioner of the city at that time. I also remember comments about Major-General Stretton. In deference to the gentleman, and as distinct from his behaviour in recent times, I prefer not to make those public.

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