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Thursday, 3 March 1932

Mr BRUCE (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) - The Commonwealth Government is being kept fully informed, and is receiving daily communications about the situation in the Far East. Events there are moving so rapidly, however, that a statement made to-day would not cover the situation that may exist to-morrow. The reports which have appeared in the press have been substantially correct. The most recent information is more hopeful; it is that the Japanese Government has agreed to a suggestion for a conference with a view to an armistice and a final settlement of the dispute. It is not right to assert that the Government is not keeping honorable members fully informed. Repeated statements have been made regarding the events as they have taken place, and the only additional statement which could be given to members would be a detailed explanation of the cause of the present trouble, its progress to date, and the prospects of its settlement. Such information, however, has been available from day to day in the press.

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