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Tuesday, 15 March 1966

Mr O'CONNOR (DALLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is addressed to the Prime Minister. The right honorable gentleman, when replying to a question asked by tine honorable member for Grayndler, said that this year approximately 80,000 young men would reach the age which would qualify them for call up and of that number 8,400 trainees would be balloted for. If I understood him correctly, he went on to say that one-sixth of those 8,400 would serve in Vietnam as part of the task force that is to be sent there. I now ask the Prime Minister: How will the Government determine the required number of conscripts to be sent to Vietnam? Will those personnel be selected or will a ballot be conducted as in the case of the call up?

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