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Monday, 16 November 1964

Senator PALTRIDGE - As I indicated in reply to a previous question, I have no official information at all as to the possibility of Indonesia exploding an atomic bomb next year or embarking upon a programme of firing guided missiles. I am reminded, as I speak, that Indonesia, like Australia, is a member of the non-nuclear pact. For that reason, it would appear, on the face of it, at least doubtful that Indonesia would engage in such an enterprise. I put it to the honorable senator that Indonesia's aggressiveness can be judged in the light of its build-up of conventional weapons and of men, apart altogether from what might be its policy in respect of nuclear power. It is this military build-up of weapons and men which, of course, concerns the Australian Government and the Governments of the other countries of the Western world which are intent upon halting aggression in any part of the world.

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