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Tuesday, 30 March 1965

Senator WRIGHT (TASMANIA) - I wish to ask a question of the Minister representing the Minister for External Affairs. It refers to an article in this morning's "Sydney Morning Herald ", which concerns an Indonesian bid to establish a base on the mainland of Malaysia. The report states that there has been a guerrilla campaign continuing in respect of this particular incident for about a month and that 30 Indonesians have been killed and about the same number taken prisoner. I ask the Minister whether he is in a position to give the Senate the facts as authenticated by governmental exchanges of information on this matter. I ask further whether or not this matter and any associated matter is currently the subject of exchange between the embassies, or whether it is to continue as an unnoticed and unrecognised incident in an undeclared war.

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