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AGENT ORANGE-USE OF DEFOLIANTS IN VIETNAM-REVIEW AND JUDICIAL INQUIRY

Senator Grimes, pursuant to notice, moved-That the Senate calls for-

(a) a review by the Administrative Review Council of all aspects of the administrative advice tendered to the Ministers for Veterans' Affairs, Defence and Health on the use of Agent Orange and other defoliants in Vietnam;

(b) a clear and unequivocal assurance from the Government that servicemen thus affected will be fully compensated and that this compensation will include their wives and children; and

(c) an independent judicial inquiry which shall ascertain-

(i) the extent and range of disabilities incurred by Vietnam veterans and their dependants, and

(ii) the effects of the continued use of these defoliants within Australia.

Debate ensued.

Question-put.

The Senate divided-

AYES, 25

Senators- Bolkus Childs Chipp Coleman Colston Elstob Evans Foreman Georges Gietzelt Giles Grimes Haines Jones McIntosh McLaren Macklin Mason Mulvihill Primmer Ray, Robert Ryan Siddons Walsh Teller: Senator Sibraa

NOES, 24

Senators- Baume Bonner Carrick, Sir John Chaney Crichton- Browne Durack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hill Jessop Kilgariff Lajovic Lewis MacGibbon Martin Martyr Messner Rae, Peter Reid Scott Teague Thomas Withers Young Teller: Senator Collard

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.