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Thursday, 14 March 1968

Mr GORTON - I take it that the honour-' able member is suggesting that the debate should be on Vietcong actions - they were the words he used - on Vietcong atrocities, on Vietcong attacks on Vietnamese villages and on matters of that kind. I believe that there is a great deal in what the honourable member has said. We will all, those of us who are willing to accept the evidence, have seen records of brutality by the Vietcong on civilians. Indeed, in my belief, the basis of this initial invasion was one of subversion, terrorism and kidnapping. I believe that these things should - not merely in the course of parliamentary debate, although that is one good occasion on which to do it, but on many occasions - be brought to the attention of the Australian people. I would hope that in the course either of the Address-in-Reply, the course of the foreign affairs debate or the course of a debate concerning Vietnam in any way, these matters would not be allowed to be forgotten.

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