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Helicopters for West New Guinea



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DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS,

CANBERRA.

F O R T H E P R E S S ,

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1 9 t.h Novem ber, 1 9 6 2 .

HELICOPTERS FOR WEST NSW GUINEA

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