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Thursday, 23 March 1961

Mr O'CONNOR (DALLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Minister for Defence aware of the statement reported to have been made by Vice-Admiral Dowling before attending a Seato conference, wherein reference was made to the possible disposition of Australia's armed forces? Has the Government taken any action as a result of this statement? If so, what action has it taken? If no action has been taken, will the Minister inform all Service chiefs that they are to avoid making statements of this kind, and that the prerogative to make such statements, and the responsibility for them, rest with the Government and the Parliament of Australia?

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