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Friday, 25 September 1942

Senator COLLINGS - The Prime Minister has supplied the following answers : -

1.   Yes.

2.   Tho views of the Commonwealth Government on this question are indicated in the statement in Parliament by the Minister for External Affairs on 3rd September, 1042, air follows : - " Equally we look forward to the people of India developing into a truly self-governing nation. It is to be hoped that they will soon understand that self-governing British Dominions like Australia arc none the less self-governing because they owe allegiance to the King or because they are associated together as members of the British Commonwealth of Nations or because they are resolved to resist the invader to the death."

3.   It is believed that India's industrial resources have been and are being developed on a very large scale during the present war with the aid of the United Kingdom Government.

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