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Thursday, 20 April 1972
Page: 1276

Senator GAIR - I direct my question to the Minister representing the PostmasterGeneral. Firstly, is it correct that on the Australian Broadcasting Commission's radio programme 'PM' on Tuesday, 18th April, an American by the name of T. D. Allman was interviewed and asked for his comments on the Vietnam war? Secondly, was this man simply described as a visiting American journalist? Thirdly, is this the same T. D. Allman who was arrested by the Government of Laos on 24th February 1970 for unauthorised entry into the base of Long Cheng, which prompted the American Ambassador to state: 'The American Mission has lost any interest in helping out the Press whatsoever because of what happened this afternoon'? Fourthly, is he the same Mr Allman who has been twice expelled from Cambodia? Fifthly, is Mr Allman's visit to Australia being sponsored by the so-called Association for International Co-operation and Disarmament? Sixthly, does the ABC propose to give Mr Allamn the royal treatment it normally reserves for all visiting leftists?

Senator COTTON (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Civil Aviation) -I did not hear the programme referred to by the honourable senator. 1 will have to ask the Australian Broadcasting Commission for more precise details in order to answer the honourable senator's range of questions.

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