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Wednesday, 24 March 1965

Senator CAVANAGH (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct a question to the Leader of the Government in the Senate and preface it by saying that yesterday Senator Murphy sought an assurance that the Government would see that in future Australia was not associated or identified in any way with war against children or with the use of phosphorus bombs or poison gas in Vietnam. The Leader of the Government concluded his answer by saying -

I am unable to give the honorable senator the assurance which he seeks.

Does this mean that if the United States of America in its present campaign finds it necessary to engage in war against children or to use phosphorus bombs or poison gas, Australia will support such action or complacently will not oppose it? Should any Australian oppose such action, would he become a Communist and anti-Christian?

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