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Tuesday, 4 May 1965
Page: 551

Senator CAVANAGH (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I desire to ask a question of the Minister representing the Minister for External Affairs. It follows on the question asked by Senator Willesee. I ask the Minister whether, at the time I asked a question on Thursday about Australian troops being sent to Vietnam, the Leader of the Government in the Senate instructed or advised him how to reply. When did the Minister representing the Minister for External Affairs know of Australia's decision to send troops to Vietnam? Will he answer the question that I asked last Thursday: Was the Government's decision taken as a result of the visit of Mr. Lodge to Australia, or was it the result of a decision of the South East Asia Treaty Organisation or a direction or request of any government, and if so, which government?

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