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Thursday, 31 March 1966


Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct a question to the Prime Minister. By way of preface, I refer to a question asked by the honorable member for Wills on 22nd March 1966. The honorable member asked in part -

.   . how much Australian blood does he propose lo shed to protect the South Vietnamese Government?

To this the Prime Minister replied in part -

From what can be foreseen the number of troops at present envisaged is not likely to be exceeded . . .

I now ask the right honorable gentleman: Was his emphasis on the words " at present envisaged " made with a full appreciation of the report of the Mansfield Committee to the United States Senate on 3rd January 1966 which declared that as the Vietnam war has evolved - . . the question is no longer one of applying United States pressure to a defined military situation but rather of pressing against a military situation which is, in effect, open ended.

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