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Thursday, 6 May 1965

Senator BISHOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Has the Leader of the Government in the Senate seen in today's press a statement reported to have been made by the Minister for External Affairs at a meeting of South East Asia Treaty Organisation countries? The Minister is alleged to have said that the people of South East Asia had to be convinced that S.E.A.T.O. countries would give them a better way of life than Communism. He is reported to have said further -

We can give the people a better standard of living and freedom.

We cannot win by military strength and action alone.

Does this new emphasis on the limitations of military action and the importance of social, economic and political factors in South East Asia indicate a new policy of the Government?

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