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Wednesday, 1 November 1967


Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - Earlier this week the Prime Minister indicated to the Premier of Victoria that Army assistance would be available if required and if a request for it were made. Also earlier this week Southern Command was instructed to be in a state of readiness to meet a request for assistance, if it were forthcoming, at as short notice as possible. A review has been undertaken of the sort of equipment that might be needed, such as water carts and bulldozers, that Southern Command has available to it. We believe this equipment to be adequate, but if it is not, additional equipment of this kind can be moved in from New South Wales. The Army will meet any requests that are made for necessary assistance, and it will be in close touch with the State authorities.







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