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Friday, 26 November 1965

Mr HULME (PETRIE, QUEENSLAND) (Postmaster-General) - I was a little concerned when I saw a statement on this matter in the " Australian " of, I think, yesterday, and I made some inquiries. 1 would like to be precise in the answer which I give to the question. There are no visiting Australian troops currently located or engaged in building helicopter pads close to the Indonesian border. There are some Australian troops presently undergoing routine acclimatisation and orientation training approximately 100 miles from the border. Current operations by troops of the Pacific Islands Regiment are not, as suggested, part of any plan related to West Irian. Pacific Islands Regiment troops patrol the general border area as part of their long-established normal routine of maintaining contact with isolated areas throughout the Territory. Their work in clearing helicopter pads is designed to facilitate such routine patrolling.

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