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QUEENSLAND BROADCAST NO.

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INDO-CHINA . . . '

. T h e t r a g e d y o f I n d o - C h i n a w h i d h a s b e e n g o i n g '

ON NOW FOR 30 YEARS ONCE AGAIN DOMINATES THE H E A D L I N E S , ,

OUR TELEVI SI ON SCREENS AND THE DEBATE IN PARLIAMENT*

For the past ten years Au s t r a l ia n Pr im e Mi n i s t e r s have '

HAD TO REPORT TO PARLIAMENT ABOUT AUSTRALIAN ACTIONS IN

V ie t n a m / I am the f i f t h Au s t r a l ia n Pr im e Mi n i s t e r to

do s o ^ La s t week , however , there was a d i f f e r e n c e i n .

my p o s i t i o n from th at of my four predecessors * . T he

Au s t r a l ia n a c t io n s I had to t a l k a b o u t , in c l u d in g a c t io n s

BY MEMBERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN ARMED SERVICES, WERE SOLELY

HUMANITARIAN AND HAD TO DO WITH EFFORTS. TO END THE

FIG H TIN G ,. TO REDUCE SUFFERING* I t IS A VERY REGRETTABLE

THING THAT THE 30 YEARS OF SUFFERING BY THE PEOPLE OF

INDO-CHINA SHOULD S T I L L BE SEEN BY SOME AS .A MEANS OF

EXTRACTING P OL I TI CA L CAPITAL AND P O L I T I C A L ADVANTAGE*

For INSTANCE, THERE HAS BEEN A PRETTY PATHETIC ATTEMPT

to c r i t i c i s e Au s t r a l i a ' s role i n . e v a c u a t io n efforts in

South V ie t n a m * Th e. b e s t answer - to our, ;c r i t i c s has come

from our Am e r ic a n f r ie n d s * The Un i t e d St a t e s Commander

■ in Ch i e f . in the Pa c i f i c Ar e a , Ad m i r a l Noel Ga y l e r , sent

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" Pl e a s e a c c e p t my warm a p p r e c i a t i o n and deep

ADMI RATI ON FOR YOUR HELP TO EVACUATE THE . .

MANY DESPERATE REFUGEES FROM DaNANG, . *

Au s t r a l i a can t a k e g r eat p r i d e i n the :

RAPI D DECI SI ON TO MEET AN ABSOLUTELY !

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ESSENTI AL HUMANITARI AN REQUIREMENT, · ‘

Warmest r e s p e c t , ( Si g n e d) Ad m i r a l No e l A t

Ga y l e r , Un it e d States Commander in Ch i e f Pa c i f i c , "

And the Am erican Ambassador , Mr Ma r s h a ll Gr e e n , la s t week

personally thanked us for the " great show " performed by

Au s t r a l ia n personnel in h u m a n it a r ia n work in V ie tn a m ^

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A MORE S E R I O U S E F F O R T TO USE T H E V I E T N A M T R A G E D Y AS .

A P O L I T I C A L F O O T B A L L COMES W I T H T H E A T T E M P T A T S OWI N G S E E DS

OF NEW F E A R A ND NEW D I V I S I O N S I N T H E A U S T R A L I A N C O M M U N I T Y ^

W h a t e v e r o n e m a y t h i n k a b o u t t h e s i t u a t i o n i n V i e t n a m ,

WHATEVER o n e ' s V I E W OF I T S O R I G I N S A N D T H E R I G H T S A ND v

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WRONGS OF FOREI GN I N T E R V E N T I O N I N THE WAR, THE FACT I S THAT

V i e t n a m has n e v e r b e e n a q u e s t i o n a f f e c t i n g t h e ' b a s i c

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Our s t r e n g t h , our s e c u r i t y rest on fac tors and

RELATIONSHIPS ULTIMATELY UNCHANGED BY EVENTS IN INDO-C hI N A ^

The r e a l l y im p o r t a n t r e l a t i o n s are those: w h ic h have been

DEVELOPED BY THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT SINCE DECEMBER 1972 -

OUR RELATIONS WITH OUR CLOSEST AND LARGEST NEIGHBOUR

I n d o n e s ia , our r e l a t io n s w it h our greatest t r a d in g partner

J a p a n , our· r e l a t io n s w it h Ch i n a , our a c t i v e support for

DEVELOPMENT OF CO-OPERATION BETWEEN ASEAN MEMBERS, OUR

EFFORTS TO ENSURE THAT THE INDIAN OCEAN DOES NOT BECOME THE

NEXT AREA OF CONFRONTATION BETWEEN THE SUPER-POWERS/

Above a l l , Au s t r a l i a ' s s e c u r i t y , a s . w it h the peace of the

WORLD, RESTS ULTIMATELY UPON MAKING THE DETENTE BETWEEN

the Un i t e d St ates and the So v i e t Un io n a success and w it h

ASSOCIATING CHINA IN A WIDER DETENTE/ THESE ARE THE

GREAT RELATIONSHIPS AND THE GREAT FACTORS WHICH DETERMINE

THE SECURITY OF A U S T R A L I A / THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT HAS

BEEN UNREMITTING IN ITS EFFORTS TO STRENGTHEN THOSE

R E L A T I O NS H I P S / OUR"SUCCESS IN DOING SO IS THE REAL .

GUARANTEE OF A UST RAL IA' S LONG-TERM S E C U R I T Y ^ . : f ;

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