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Monday, 16 November 1964

Senator CAVANAGH asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Navy, upon notice -

1.   Between 1949 and 1962, did any American aircraft carriers and destroyers enter Port Phillip Heads; if so, did any of these ships engage licensed Port Phillip sea pilots when entering and leaving the Port of Melbourne, and Port Phillip Bay?

2.   When pilots are required, does the Royal Australian Navy obtain them through the Marine Board of Victoria?

3.   Will the Minister have inquiries made and ascertain whether the member for Batman (Mr. Benson) (a) was a fully licensed sea pilot between 1949 and 1962; and (b) was, on certain occasions, pilot in charge of American warships in and out of Port Phillip.

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