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Thursday, 25 September 1941

Senator McLEAY - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follows : -

1.   The demands on coastal shipping under war conditions are very great, and every suitable available vessel is usefully employed.

2.   The owner of the Dellie received £6,000 insurance money and then bought the vessel back from the underwriters for £505. The Commonwealth has no organization for salvaging wrecked ships, which is a speculative task. If the prospects of salvage are hopeful enough private enterprise may be relied upon to undertake the task.

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