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Tuesday, 8 March 1966

Mr FAIRHALL (PATERSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Defence) - Quite clearly, this is a propaganda question. I am bound to say that in view of the reciprocal interests of ourselves and the United States of America in the Vietnam business and in the defence of South East Asia it would be a good thing if there were reciprocity in the supply of arms and equipment. This is a matter which I had the pleasure of discussing with Mr. Robert McNamara last year. We had undertakings from him that Australian traders would be admitted to a fair share of the production required for the defence effort in South East Asia and these undertakings are being carried out. I am bound to tell the honorable gentleman, much to his dissatisfaction, no doubt, that a considerable quantity of Australian production is finding its way to the war theatres of South East Asia.

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