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Tuesday, 29 March 1966

Dr PATTERSON (DAWSON, QUEENSLAND) - Has the Prime Minister's attention been directed to the widely reported speech made by the Minister for National Development to a Young Liberal Movement conference in Melbourne during the weekend in which he is reported to have stated that not for one moment did he believe that our defence is helped by northern, development? The Minister then implied that he supported the view that it would be easier to invade Australia from the north if the north were developed. Will the Prime Minister categorically state whether he supports the viewpoint of the Minister for National Development and whether this view now represents the new policy of his new Government? If it does not, will he take immediate steps to see that this statement is publicly retracted, or alternatively that such harmful statements by a senior Cabinet Minister which have acutely angered Queensland and northern people-

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