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Tuesday, 6 March 1973
Page: 202

Mr SINCLAIR (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) -I direct my question to the Minister for Defence. In view of the Minister's apparent acceptance of what he regards as the purported democratic direction of the Government by decisions of the Federal Conference of the Australian Labor Party, will he assure this House that in matters relating to defence the decisions taken by the Government will be determined by the Government alone? Does he see the policy of the Government influenced by the direction of such persons as those who have been vocal from the left wing of the Party in Victoria in the last few days?

Mr BARNARD - The honourable member should be well aware that any decisions relating to defence in this Parliament will be made by the Government and those decisions will be conveyed to the people, lt is the Government's responsibility to make decisions relating to defence. So far as the remaining part of the honourable member's question is concerned, it does not concern me and it is certainly no concern of his.

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