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Australia re-elected to the governing council of the intergovernmental maritime consultative organisation



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F O R T H E P R E S S ^ l e a s e d o n l y i n C a n b e r r a ) ,

DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS,

CANBERRA.

PR 121

1 8 t h O c t o b e r , 1963?

AUSTRALIA RE-ELECTED TO THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL MARITIME CONSULTATIVE ' . ORGANISATION

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