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PUBLIC KEPT TN THE DARK On an Isolated air station in India there are two members of the R.N.Z.A.F. attached R.A.F. One of them in a letter to his parents in Auckland this week said that he and his compatriot received a thrill about four weeks ago when there was talk on the station that the Dominion airmen were being recalled lo their respective homelands. The New Zealanders, however, later heard that the recall applied only to Australians, Canadians and South Africans.

Two weeks later the New Zealand Minister of Defence, Mr. Jones, made an announcement regarding R.N.Z.A.F. personnel overseas serving with the R.A.F., and outlined a scheme under which certain categories would be recalled, mentioning, inter alia, airmen in India.

"What is to happen to the Division?" is a question that has been on the lips of most New Zealanders for weeks. A partial answer was given by the actingPrime Minister, Mr. Nash, when he attended the opening of the annual council of the N.Z.R.S.A. on June 19, when he stated that a small land force would be utilised, in the Pacific. He did not say when, where or how. Later, when the Prime Minister was asked the question he stated that no decision would be made regarding the future of the Division till Parliament was consulted. Strangely enough, on the same day in overseas news it \\>as mentioned that the Division had been farewelled "before leaving Europe."

Many next-of-kin and others interested are wondering how it is that such matters of vital import regarding the movements of New Zealanders are known and publicised in other parts of the British Commonwealth so long before they are officially announced to New Zealanders. The Governments of Canada, Australia and South Africa would not be afforded preferential treatment in regard to decisions affecting the movements of their troops and airmen. When the decisions were reached concerning these other Dominions they would also be reached regarding New Zealand, yet there was a lapse of over two weeks between the announcement regarding the R.N.Z.A.F. and the movement of airmen of other Dominions in the same zone and? - doing the same work. Some day there may be enlightenment.

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N.Z. IS ALWAYS LAST, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 180, 1 August 1945

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N.Z. IS ALWAYS LAST Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 180, 1 August 1945

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