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Wednesday, 19 April 1972
Page: 1212

Senator O'BYRNE - My question is addressed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. 1 assume he is aware thai the United Suites Senate Foreign Relations Committee has voicd 9 to 1 in favour of cutting off all funds for the Indo-Ch-ina war by the end of this year, and thai if this is approved by Congress it will compel President Nixon to get out of Vietnam before then. Has the Leader of the Government a statement to make to the Senate on what measures the Australian Government proposes to take to meet such an eventuality, thus helping to relieve the conscience prevailing among so many Australian people who now realise the futility of our involvement?


The honourable senator's question is linked with our relations with the United Stales of America, a country with which we have alliances - we have had close links with it throughout our history - and he suggests thai because of some resolution carried in a parliamentary committee in America I should make a statement of Government policy. Under any head of argument his question is out of order. It seeks information on a question of policy, il seeks from a Minister at question time a judgment on our relations with an ally and a friendly nation, and therefore 1 suggest that no answer is really required from me.

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