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Friday, 26 November 1965


Mr Clyde Cameron n asked the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice -

1.   Did the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam issue a manifesto on 20th December 1960; if so, what were its contents?

2.   Has the manifesto been rescinded or amended; if so, in what respect?


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

1.   The text of the manifesto issued by the socalled "National Liberation Front for South Vietnam " is printed at pages 29-30 of Select Documents on International Affairs, No. 1 of 1964, " Vietnam since the 1954 Geneva Agreement ", copies of which are available in the Parliamentary Library.

2.   No significant changes are known to have been made in this manifesto since its promulgation.

Vietnam: Military Assistance from Australia. (Question No. 1274.)


Mr L R Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) son asked the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice -

1.   In what form did the Government of South Vietnam communicate to the Australian Government its 1962 request for military assistance?

2.   What were the terms of the request?

3.   Did it specifically refer to Australia's obligations under the South-East Asia Collective Defence Treaty?

4.   What was the form and what were the terms of Australia's reply?

5.   Is it known whether South Vietnam made the same or a similar request to other S.E.A.T.O. signatories; if so, what was the result in each case?


Mr Hasluck - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows - 1 to 4. In the course of late 1961 and 1962 there were a series of consultations between the Australian, Vietnamese and United States authorities on possible Australian military assistance to the Republic of Vietnam. In the course of these consultations it became apparent that Army instructors would be the most worthwhile contribution which Australia could make at that time. The circumstances of the Australian Government's decision to send to the Republic of Vietnam, at the invitation of the Government of that country, such a group of Australian military instructors were set forth in the statement made on 24th May 1962, by the then Minister for Defence, the honorable Athol Townley (see Select Documents on International Affairs, No. 1 of 1964, "Vietnam since the 1954 Geneva Agreements ", p. 36). It is not, however, appropriate at present to divulge the contents of this diplomatic exchange with another Government.

5.   Communications between the Government of the Republic of Vietnam and other Governments are not all available to the Australian Government. The assistance being provided by other countries to the Republic of Vietnam, including assistance by other S.E.A.T.O. countries, was listed in a reply by Senator Paltridge on behalf of the Prime Minister to question No. 487 in the Senate in May. The principal developments since then have been the increase in military units supplied, especially by the United States, but also by Australia, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea.







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