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Tuesday, 29 March 1966

Mr JESS (LA TROBE, VICTORIA) - Has the Prime Minister been advised of a report of a speech made by the former Attorney-General in the Attlee Labour Government of the United Kingdom, Lord Shawcross, who has been reported to have said -

The struggle in Vietnam is absolutely vital to the defence of the free world - whatever the lunatic fringe may say. If South Vietnam was surrendered to the Communists, Laos and Cambodia would be finally lost - what then of Thailand which is already being infiltrated? India would be outflanked, Singapore and Malaysia indefensible.

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