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Taped interview with Major General Stretton on 18th November 1976



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DEFENCE press release DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE CANBERRA

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PRESS RELEASE BY GENERAL SIR ARTHUR MacDONALD, KBE, C B , CPFS - 16 MAY 1978

It is true that I arranged for an interview I had with Major General Stretton on 18 November 1976 to be taped. My instinctive caution in such matters indicated quite clearly to me that this action was necessary - a

judgement which, in my view, has been confirmed by subsequent events. .

A point which Major General Stretton does not make clear in his book is that I informed him at the beginning that the conversation was being taped and that he would be.provided with a copy of the transcript.

Certain portions of the tape were unintelligible but I consider that there was no material omission in the transcript. .

Major General Stretton makes much in his book of my abusiveness, my raised voice, and that I told him "I was now senior to him".

I leave it to those who have known us both - in operations, in peace and in the aftermath of cyclones,- to judge which of us is the more likely to display the characteristics he ascribes to mei As for Major General

Stretton1s allegation that I told him I was now senior to him, the fact is that I have always been senior to !

him. I would not regard that fact as being worthy of :

comment.

I think "Soldier in a Storm" is a good example

of selective reporting - like "The Furious Days" before it. I would not, however, look on it as being an objective account of any of the events of which I have personal knowledge.

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