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Wednesday, 25 March 1942

Mr CALWELL (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) -Inviewofthefact that it is, and will continue to be, extremely difficult for the Commonwealth Government, functioning in Canberra, and for the Supreme Commander of the American and Australian forces, functioning in Melbourne, to maintain that close and continuous contact which is essential to victory, I ask the Prime Minister whether the Government will give consideration to the desirability of bringing the defence head-quarters to Canberra immediately, or, alternatively, of holding meetings of the Parliament and Cabinet in Melbourne during the next few months, or while the present grave emergency persists?

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