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Wednesday, 24 February 1932

Mr LATHAM - There is but little, if anything, that I can add to the statement which I recently made in respect of the situation at Shanghai. The Commonwealth Government is being kept fully informed of the course of events, and the' reports in the press are in a large measure accurate. Action has been taken by the League of Nations to deal with the matter, and the Commonwealth Government will be represented by the High Commissioner at the special Assembly of the League of Nations which will be held on the 3rd March next. The policy of the Commonwealth Government is, as I have already said, to lend any aid of which it is capable in co-operation to bring about a peaceful solution of the problem that has arisen. The honorable member will doubtless recognize that it is not practicable for the Commonwealth Government to take any useful, separate action apart from the League in this matter.

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