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Thursday, 16 March 1961

Sir GARFIELD BARWICK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Attorney-General) - Of course, the Government has very precise information about what is going on in Laos. If I were to try each day at question time or any other time to keep this House up to date on the many kaleidoscopic changes that are taking place in this area, I imagine that I would be, quite properly, subject to criticism. I have had it in mind to make a statement on Laos when I could usefully tell the House something of a situation which was, at the time, sufficiently stable to make a statement worth while. I do know the facts about Prince Souvanna Phouma, but I do not propose to comment publicly on his action for the reason that the current situation in Laos is delicate and I am not going to add to difficulties by making, at the present moment, any public evaluation of the Prince's conduct.

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