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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 1455


Senator BROWN (VICTORIA) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence. Has the attention of the Minister been drawn to an article entitled 'Commandos train for PNG "extraction" operation' which appeared in the Australian Financial Review' of Monday, 22 August 1 973? Briefly, the article states:

Incursion and extraction' are military terms being used to describe an exercise to take place in Papua New Guinea next February in which the elite of the Australian Army, the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR), will put the final touches on a contingency plan drawn up in case of trouble in the post independence era.

Hypothetical exercises based on a threat to the 'stability' -


The PRESIDENT - Order! Senator Brown, you are giving far too much information.


Senator BROWN (VICTORIA) - It is essential, Sir, to render my question intelligible.


The PRESIDENT - All right.


Senator BROWN (VICTORIA) - There is only a further brief reference:

Hypothetical exercises based on a threat to the 'stability' of Papua New Guinea have been held in Australia in recent months but the SASR has not been previously mentioned as pan of any contingency plan.

Will the Minister assure the Parliament and the people that our nation will not be a party to furnishing any military aid in an internal security situation in Papua New Guinea?


Senator MURPHY - I will refer the question to the Minister for Defence for a full answer.







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