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Wednesday, 17 September 1958

Mr BRYANT - I direct a question to the Minister for Defence. Is it a fact that little or no co-operation exists between the Department of the Army and other Commonwealth departments and the State Departments of Civil Defence where such exist? Whose responsibility is it to coordinate the efforts of the Commonwealth and State' governments, municipalities, local government services, medical services, fire brigade services and road and rail transport for the evacuation of thickly populated areas in the event of war and the possibility of atomic attack? In view of the importance of civil defence, will the Minister hold conferences with the State governments at an early date with a view to formulating the best possible scheme of civil defence and creating the necessary organization to give effect to it?

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