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Wednesday, 24 November 1965

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) n asked the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice -

1.   Can he say whether the Government of South Vietnam grants legal recognition to any form of official non-communist opposition political party?

2.   What was the date of the last free election held in South Vietnam?

3.   When is the next general election due to be held?

Mr Hasluck - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows -

1.   Legal political parties exist in South Vietnam, and support or oppose the Government on various issues. The present governmental framework is not based on the party system, lt would therefore be inappropriate to speak of official government or opposition parties. The Government of the Republic of Vietnam seeks to take account of the views of a variety of bodies with differing political, religious and social interests.

2.   Elections were held for provincial and municipal councils in South Vietnam on 30th May 1965.

3.   No date ' for the next general election has yet been decided.

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