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WEDNESDAY, 3 0 JUNE, 1 9 7 6 N o , 1 4 7 / 7 6

STATEMENT BY THE MI NI STER FOR DEFENCE

T h e M i n i s t e r f o r D e f e n c e , Mr . D . J . K i l l e n ,

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t h e S o v i e t U n i o n a s p o s i n g a d i r e c t m i l i t a r y t h r e a t .

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i n t e n t i o n s , p a r t i c u l a r l y a b o u t t h e e x t e n t o f i t s n a v i . 1

b u i l d u p , a n d i t s m i l i t a r y b u i l d u p i n E u r o p e .

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c o u n t r i e s a s w e l l a s t o A u s t r a l i a . "