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Tuesday, 29 March 1966


Mr HAROLD HOLT - I am taking such opportunities as are offered to me, both in the time available for discussion in this House and at such public gatherings as I can attend, to explain as clearly and in as much detail as I can the heed for Australia to be participating in South Vietnam in support of the Government of that country and its people and our allies who are joining with us in the resistance to Communist aggression. I am also trying to give detailed information relating to the national service scheme, illustrating the necessity for it i£ Australia is to maintain an effective military force on the scale that the Government's own defence advisers, including our military advisers, have recommended to us to be necessary. Unfortunately, one's efforts ia this direction are sometimes inhibited by limitations of time in discussion in this House. There is a limitation on time available to any individual member to put the facts as he sees them and there are occasions, such as I experienced last night, when supporters of the Opposition apparently do not wish the Government's facts to be publicly known.







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