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Tuesday, 22 March 1966

Mr HAROLD HOLT - What the honorable gentleman just said is consistent with the statement I made a few moments ago to the effect that the main groups in South Vietnam, the Buddists, the Catholics, the trade unionists, the students, the army, indeed, all the main identifiable groups, are certainly agreed in their will to resist the Vietcong and all that they stand for, whatever differences those groups may have on other matters. They are very conscious of the threat to their own security, and their own freedom, of Communist oppression. They have seen this operating in other parts of the world. They have seen the attempt made to impose this kind of regime upon Korea and other Asian countries. Whatever differences might develop inside their own communities - and there is nothing peculiar about that in any community where people are free to express their minds - there is unity in this determination to resist the threat of Communist oppression.

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