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Wednesday, 20 April 1966

Mr CALWELL - My question is addressed to the Prime Minister. Did the Minister for Defence express Government policy when he said recently that a quota of 4,500 men was the utmost commitment that Australia was prepared to make to the allied cause in Vietnam to stop what the Government calls the southward thrust of Chinese Communism? If so, does the Minister's statement mean that even if the United States increases its forces in Vietnam from 200,000 to 1,000.000, Australia will never increase its contribution in that theatre of undeclared war despite the dreadful dangers of Communist aggression that the Government conjures up to justify its participation in an unwinnable civil war?

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