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Tuesday, 29 March 1966

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) (Prime Minister) - We can all, of course, find statements in this highly controversial situation to support the views which we hold. I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the statement to which the honorable gentleman has referred. He has selected a statement emanating from a country in which it is well known there are various sects and groups in conflict one with the other and tending to be critical from time to time of the Government, whatever the leadership of that Government may be. If I were to adopt the attitude which the honorable gentleman has adopted on this matter I could refer him to a statement at the weekend by a former British Labour Attorney-General that Australia would be out on a limb if South Vietnam fell to Communism and that the war in Vietnam was vital to world peace regardless of what the lunatic fringe might say.

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