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Wednesday, 4 August 1954

Mr GRIFFITHS (SHORTLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Will the Minister for the Army state whether he intends to lay on the table of the House all or any of the papers in relation to the Stockton Bight army disaster? Is the Minister entirely satisfied with the conduct of the inquiry and also with the findings? Did the honorable gentleman learn of any irregularities that may have occurred in the course of the manoeuvres ? If so, will he indicate the nature of the irregularities and whether any action was taken in relation to them?

Mr FRANCIS - The coroner conducted a lengthy public inquiry. He found that the disaster was an unfortunate accident, and I have nothing to add to his findings. It would be quite improper for me to make any comment on them.

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