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Tuesday, 19 April 1966

Mr CALWELL - I ask the Prime Minister: Does he recollect receiving a letter dated 14th April 1966 from the editor of the Brisbane Sunday " Truth " advising him of a State-wide referendum conducted by that newspaper on the controversial question " Are you in favour of sending national service conscripts to fight in Vietnam? ". Has the Prime Minister also received from the editor more than 10,383 signed papers by those who voted in that referendum? Did the results show that 9,241 were against conscription and 1,142 in favour of it? Does the Prime Minister regard such a vote as inconclusive? If so, will he hold a referendum or arrange for an early election so that the voice of the people shall be heard and shall be made to prevail on the question of sending voteless 20 year old conscripts to fight and perhaps die in Vietnam?

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