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Tuesday, 27 September 1949


Mr DEDMAN (CORIO, VICTORIA) (Minister for Defence) - I understood from press statements that the negotiations for the supply of petrol from Russia had been conducted between a Minister of the Victorian Government and high officials of the Soviet Government.


Mr Calwell - Comrade Warner !


Mr DEDMAN - My understanding of the position is that no such negotiations took place between a Minister of the Victorian Government and any officials of the Russian Embassy in Canberra. It was suggested that such negotiations took place between the Minister concerned and Soviet officials in eastern Germany. I fail to see how those negotiations could have taken place, but nevertheless that was what was stated in the press. I am unable to say whether there is any link between the Australian Country party and the Soviet in respect of the negotiations.







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