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Friday, 16 July 1926

Senator LYNCH - Lack of information regarding the approach of these cyclonic disturbances has caused a great deal of damage to property as well as loss of life. Honorable senators may remember the loss of the Koombana and the Yongala, some time ago, the former off the western coast, and the latter off the coast of Queensland. While the loss of the Yongala has not been attributed to any cyclonic disturbance, in the case of the Koombana, a valuable ship, and more valuable lives, might have been saved had Port Hedland, or some other station, been advised by the Dutch authorities of the approaching storm. T should like the Minister to inform us what has been done towards co-operating with the Dutch authorities in this matter. If nothing has been done, no further delay should occur in seeking this valuable information.

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