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Friday, 11 September 1942

Senator COLLINGS (QUEENSLAND) (Minister for the Interior) - A question of that kind couldhave been asked of me in my capacity as Minister without parading it in the Senate. The honorable senator can be quite sure that the withdrawal of the men from the graving dock--

Senator Leckie - Is this not the proper place in which to parade it?

Senator COLLINGS - I am giving my own answer. The honorable senator would have beenmuch wiser had he asked the question privately. One hundred men were withdrawn from the dock and were sent to another job in North Queensland, and the work to which they were sent was considered to be of far greater strategic importance than that on which they were engaged. That is the answer to the question, and it has already been given to thepress. Many people who ought to know better are proposing to decide for themselves which jobs are of the greatest strategic importance having regard to the safety of this country.

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