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Wednesday, 26 June 1946

Mr FADDEN (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) - Will the Prime Minister inform me whether it is a fact, as reported in last night's Melbourne Herald, that the United States of America has rejected Australia's proposal for a six-power Pacific regional defence agreement? . If so, willthe right honorable' gentleman make a statement to the House on the subject, indicating the nature of the Australian proposal?

Mr CHIFLEY - I. have not seen the report in the Melbourne Herald. As I intimated previously, discussions have taken place on a high plane concerning the. part that it might be possible for the United States of America to play in the regional security of the Pacific, having regard to the responsibilitiesof the United Nations. As I stated earlier, I am not able to give any concrete illustrations of the kind of arrangements which may be possible, or indeed, whether any such arrangement acceptable to the United States Government will be possible. At present I have nothing to put before the House, for up to date, only preliminary discussion has taken place.

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