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Parliamentary Reporter.

WELLINGTON, this day.

The future of the New Zealand Division was referred to by Mr. L. G. Lowry (Govt., Otaki), when he spoke in the Address-in-Reply debate in the House of Representatives last night. He said there had been much discussion concerning the future of New Zealand's forces. There were those who said the men should be brought back.

While he did not claim to be an expert, he considered there should be a limited land force maintained, with a good Air Force and Navy. If such a thing should happen that the Division came home, he would suggest in all humility that there would be dissension in the ranks of the Air Force and Navy. However, New Zealand must be guided by the advice of the chiefs of staff and war strategists, and do what was in the best interests of the Dominion. There should be no pulling out of the war. New Zealand must go on whatever happened.

Mr. Lowry said that as fighting men the New Zealanders would remain unsurpassed. Whatever action was decided upon, earnest consideration would be given to the welfare of all the people. He referred to the tenacity of the Japanese on Okinawa, and said that, although victory was inevitable, it would not be easy. The Australians were still fighting on Bougainville and New Guinea, and he declared that New Zealand could not afford to relax her efforts. It was only to be expected that different people would have different views, but his opinion, was that, before a decision was made, every member of the House should have an opportunity of discussing the question.

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FUTURE ROLE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945

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FUTURE ROLE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945

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