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Thursday, 6 May 1965

Senator HENDRICKSON (VICTORIA) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Prime Minister. Having regard to the statement by the Prime Minister on Tuesday last, when he admitted that on the previous Thursday afternoon " the dogs were barking around the premises " that an announcement regarding the despatch of an Australian battalion to Vietnam was imminent, and having regard also to his acknowledgment of the existence of Press reports carrying this news on the same Thursday, and to his claim that the Press certainly did not get this information from the Government, will the Minister tell the

Senate how the Press was able to run stories regarding this very important matter before the Parliament was informed, and what steps are being taken to discover the source of the leakage?

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