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Friday, 14 October 1949

Mr CHAMBERS (ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for the Army) - I have seen a report in this morning's Sydney Daily Telegraph that Lieutenant-General Sturdee had made the statement to which the honorable gentleman has referred. T know no. more than that. I shall cause inquiries to be made to ascertain whether the press report of the statement is a correct one. Recently Lieutenant-General Rowell stated that Australia's defences have never been in a sounder condition than that in which they are at present. If Lieutenant-General Sturdee has made the statement to which reference has been made, the officer who will succeed him as Chief of the Australian General Staff next year is of the opinion that Australia is well prepared for war. We know that other countries are also prepared for war.

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