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Wednesday, 16 March 1966

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - I answered in general terms yesterday a question about clothing for our forces in Vietnam, but not specifically the matter that has been mentioned by the honorable member. I can assure him that the boots on issue to the Australian forces in Vietnam are the equal of those issued to any forces in any theatre, and especially in that particular area. Apart from the normal general purpose boot which, as I think the honorable member would know, was recently issued in a new design, our forces are issued with a flexible steelplated boot which has particular relevance to some of the conditions applying in Vietnam. The plates prevent spikes coming up through the soles of the boots. The issue of these boots began last November and all members of our forces there have at least one pair of this particular type of boot.

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