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Wednesday, 24 March 1965

Senator PALTRIDGE - Colonel Serong made a very notable contribution to the Australian effort in Vietnam. He is held in very high regard by the Australian Government and his views, particularly those relating to military tactics, are very much taken into account. I am sure that, in whatever capacity he is engaged in the future Colonel Serong will continue to serve the Australian Government well and that his efforts will be greatly appreciated as has been the case in the past The termination of his appointment had nothing whatever to do with any difference of view between himself and the Australian Government. He had come to the end of a tour of duty which, as I recall it, had been extended on one occasion, and it was thought that this might provide a convenient opportunity to use his services in other fields of equal importance and value to this Government, and at the same time to make it possible for another serving officer in Vietnam to gain experience.

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