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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 2543

Senator SIM (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I direct my question to the Minister representing the Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs. Is the Government concerned at reports of the continual buildup of North Vietnamese forces in South Vietnam and at the blatant violation of the ceasefire agreement by North Vietnamese forces? Is the Government aware that an estimated 600 heavy tanks, 600 pieces of artillery and 100,000 troops have infiltrated South Vietnam since the ceasefire agreement? Will the Government instruct the Minister for Overseas Trade, Dr J. F. Cairns, to protest to North Vietnam over these violations during his forthcoming visit? What action is the Government taking to ensure that Australian aid to North Vietnam is not being used to support the North Vietnamese war machine? If the Government is taking no action will the Minister assure the Senate that the Government will take urgent action to ensure that Australian aid will not assist North Vietnam to continue its offensive against South Vietnam and to continue murdering the people of South Vietnam?

Senator MURPHY -I shall have to ask that the question be placed on notice.

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