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PRESS STATEMENT NO.

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27 December 1974

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"PERTH AIRPORT STATEMENT S

- The Prime Minister released‘the following statement ,‘ ^ on his arrival at Perth Airport this afternoon. ;V/-v:

"X have been appalled by the. reports I have had of the loss of life and damage in Darwin. . v'

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shall then consult with the Ministers who will be directly ■':*«*[■ ; concerned with helping the citizens of Darwin and re-constructing their· city;. . . ·. ’ ' ‘ ' ‘

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X have called a special Cabinet meeting in Sydney on,;-"1 Monday. X will make a statement after the Cabinet. ' t " ■2’ '.· ’’ 1

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I want to extend my sympathy to those who have suffered/..·· y :‘; ' ‘ ' ' ' ' Vi- * J *

in Darwin and promise again that we.will dp ali in our power to restore and re-build the city as soon as possible and help those who need our assistance." · ; ; · · v.

Mr. Whitlam flew immediately to Alice Springs where he will stay overnight. He will confer there with Mr. John Menadue, of' the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet . who will accompany him to Darwin tomorrow morning.'

Mr. Whitlam is due to leave Alice Springs at 6.00 a.m tomorrow and is scheduled to arrive in Darwin at 8.05 a.m. He will spend the whole of the day in the Darwin area, returning to Mt. Isa at night.· On Sunday, Mr, Whitlam will fly from Mt. Isa to Sydney where the special Cabinet meeting will be

held on Monday. V·

CANBERRA, A.C.T.

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