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Tuesday, 4 May 1971

Senator CAVANAGH asked the Minis ter representing the AttorneyGeneral, upon notice:

(1)   Did Mrs Catherine R. Dalton in April 1965 inform the Member for Hughes in the House of

Representatives of an attack upon naval vessels at Garden Island intended for 8th May 1965.

(2)   On the same day did Mrs Dalton telephone a person on the staff of the AttorneyGeneral's Department requesting the names of security officers in Sydney who the caller could contact and advise of the intended attack.

(3)   As a result of advice received, was Mrs Dalton interviewed by 2 security officers in Sydney and did she inform them of the intended attack and give the name of the person who would be involved.

(4)   As a result of this report was the Garden Island naval depot closed on 7th and 8th May 1965 for the stated reasons of research purposes.

(5)   Were the engine rooms of vessels named by

Mrs Daltonsearched without the discovery of any suspicious materials.

(6)   On 8th May 1965 was there a near collision of a United States submarine with a group of Australian naval vessels.

(7)   On 10th May 1965 was there a collision at Garden Island resulting in damage to 4 Australian naval vessels.

(8)   Was Naval Intelligence not notified of any suspected risk resulting in the 4 vessels being docked together and thereforeincreasing the. risk of damage to a number of vessels; if so, why was the Naval Intelligence' not informed of the reported intended attack.

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