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Monday, 16 November 1964

Senator HANNAN (VICTORIA) - I direct a question to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Has the Minister's attention been directed to an article published on the front page of the "Australian" today alleging that the Melbourne Catholic " Advocate " attacked the Government's conscription proposals? I ask him whether it is a fact that the "Australian" printed highly selective extracts from the "Advocate " but carefully omitted the following sentences which occur, not consecutively, in the editorial -

Nevertheless, particularly when an enemy, or a potential enemy, has great conscript armies, a freedom-loving nation has the right and the duty in an emergency to conscript its citizens for lawful defence. we have to recognize that practical concessions have sometimes to be made in the face of hard and unpleasant facts.

It should be made clear to the world

.   . that any building up of military or allied forces is governed by measures strictly necessary for our legitimate defence.

Do these extracts not make the " Australian's" statement completely mendacious and typical of the offspring obtained by mating "Truth" with the "Daily Mirror "?

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