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Wednesday, 19 March 1980
Page: 780

Senator KILGARIFF - I direct a question to the Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate. It has been reported in the media that a third Japanese submarine may have been found in Sydney Harbour. The financing of the search comes from overseas interests, and if the discovery of the submarine were confirmed there would be the likelihood of the submarine being moved and perhaps the remains of the Japanese crew being disturbed. Will the Australian Government ensure that appropriate action is taken in regard to this submarine, as in other cases where ships of various nations sunk during World War II are recognised as tombs?

Senator DURACK -I will take note of the question. I will refer it to the appropriate Ministers. I think there will be several Ministers involved. I will attempt to obtain an answer.

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