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Friday, 22 March 1985
Page: 676


Senator TEAGUE —My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Why did the Foreign Minister not ensure that he had full access to Australian and allied intelligence advice prior to making public statements accepting Vietnamese assurances concerning violation of the Thai border? It is the case that the Foreign Minister does not have confidence that his Department and the intelligence bodies answerable to him are capable of providing accurate intelligence advice to him when he is travelling in a foreign country?


Senator GARETH EVANS —If the honourable senator opposite could or would read, he would have noticed that in the Hansard of 19 March in the House of Representatives, in the course of a very substantial reply to the censure motion then being debated, Mr Hayden dealt squarely with the issues that have been raised. I refer the honourable senator to page 474 and I will not burden the chamber by reading what he compellingly responded to the question. Mr Hayden expressed his perfect confidence in the quality and timeliness of the intelligence reports available to him.