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Thursday, 17 March 1966

Mr CHANEY (PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for the Navy) - As has been reported in the Press, the Navy undertook to move the mine from the built up area near Southport. This task has now been achieved but the mine has not been destroyed because attempts are to be made to delouse it and inspect it internally to see whether some serial number can be found. At this stage, it has been identified as a German mine of the type laid by the raider " Kormoran ".

It is essential that this information be gained because the problem of mines laid in wartime is a world wide one. I think it was in 1960 that a mine washed up on the Sydney foreshore was found on investigation to have been laid off the main island of Japan 20 years previously. It is essential that all possible information be gained about the drifting of these objects in ocean currents. Therefore, if it is possible to ascertain the serial number, the information gained from inspecting it will assist greatly the research being conducted in connection with this problem.

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