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Thursday, 7 July 1949

Mr LEMMON (FORREST, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Works and Housing) - I can assure tho honorable gentleman that this Pacific outpost is not being neglected by the Australian Government. No complaints have been received from the men on the island regarding supplies of food. The men are under the control of the Department of "Works and Housing. They are engaged upon the repair of the wharfs and installations that will form part of our naval base there, and also upon the demolition of buildings that will not be required by the defence services.

Mr Francis - "What about the deterioration of the materials and the lack of food?

Mr LEMMON - I have never heard it suggested that materials deteriorate because of lack of food. No serviceable motor vehicles were left on the island by the American forces. We have had to take trucks and other vehicles to the island in order to carry out effectively the works to which I have referred.

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