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Tuesday, 12 June 1928

Mr BRUCE - I discussed this matter with the honorable member for Parkes (Mr. Marr) and the Controller of Civil Aviation (Colonel Brinsmead) in Sydney on Sunday night. They are consulting the wishes of these two American citizens, and I expect to receive at any moment telephonic advice regarding the arrangements that have been made.

In regard to the second part of the question, I received from the American Secretary of State, a cablegram expressing the appreciation of the Government of that country of the achievement of Captain Kingsford Smith and his companions. In acknowledging that compliment I expressed Australia's gratitude for the services rendered by the two Americans who were members of the crew of the Southern Cross. I have no doubt that that communication will be brought to the notice of President Coolidge.

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