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Thursday, 20 April 1961

Mr CALWELL - As the Prime Minister has already given both the Seato Conference and this Parliament the benefit of his knowledge and experience, which everybody hopes will help to achieve a peaceful solution of the problems existing in Laos, I direct his attention to a report that a member of his own party has said that he - the member concerned - favoured a shooting war in Laos if necessary, with Australians taking part, even though - and I quote the honorable member concerned, the honorable member for Moreton - " admittedly a couple of million lives might be lost ..." I therefore ask the right honorable gentleman: Does this view represent the considered opinion of any responsible section of the Liberal Party, or is it only the opinion of the honorable member for Moreton? If it is only the opinion of the honorable member for

Moreton, will the Prime Minister take disciplinary action to ensure that such provocative and harmful statements are not repeated? I assure the right honorable gentleman that the statement was made during a television interview on a " Meet the Press " programme.

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