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Thursday, 5 December 1974

Mr BARNARD (BASS, TASMANIA) (Minister for Defence) - I have seen the advertisement referred to by the honourable member which features the statement 'No Threat for Fifteen Years- Lance Barnard', and detailing the contents of its next issue. I can only describe this as one of the most scurrilous and misleading of business practices. I have not in fact contributed to this edition of the magazine nor would I contribute to any edition. I express my disgust at the use of my name without my permission to imply the existence of an article when in fact there is none. The title implied is mischievous. I have never used the phrase 'No Threat for Fifteen Years'. This is a meaningless paraphrase by a man who is incapable of grasping the clear statement by the Government's strategic advisers. It simply reinforces my conviction that this is a publication incapable of serious analysis. I will discuss with my colleague, the Minister for Services and Property, the question of whether this advertisement is a breach of privilege. If it is, the appropriate action will be taken.

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