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Tuesday, 29 March 1966

Mr CALWELL (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) - I ask the Prime Minister a question in his capacity as Minister representing the Acting Minister for External Affairs. Has he been advised by the Department of External Affairs that a leading Catholic Vietnamese priest said recently that the ruling military junta in Saigon was worse than the dictatorial Government of Ngo Dinh Diem? If so, does he regard this attack on Marshal Ky's regime as being Communist inspired and, therefore, unworthy of notice? If he believes the statement to be true, does he consider that he should reverse his Government's decision to send thousands of young conscript Australians to die in mangrove swamps in an undeclared war in defence of something worse than the dictatorial Government of Ngo Dinh Diem?

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