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Thursday, 5 March 1970

Mr GORTON - The Government has already reported to the Australian people that when a further substantial withdrawal of troops from Vietnam takes place - if it does take place - then at some stage during that withdrawal some Australian troops will be phased into it. On 16th December 1969 I reported to the Australian nation in these words, regarding this matter:

There is no timetable fixed covering at what stage any Australian reductions will be phased into the next United States withdrawal.

I had previously said that some troops would be phased in during the time of that substantial withdrawal. The situation remains now as it was then, and as it was stated to the Australian people then.

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