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Tuesday, 2 April 1968


Mr KELLY - I would like to give some further information in answer to the. question asked me this afternoon by the honourable member for Wills. The Hansard report of his question reads:

Was the Minister for the Navy consulted or advised before the President of the United States of America ordered the American Navy to cease shelling North Vietnam? Has the honourable gentleman issued a similar order to the Royal Australian Navy?

There is room for a little misunderstanding of the question, as it may be thought that the honourable member for Wills was asking whether the President of the United States had issued a similar order to the Royal Australian Navy. The position is, of course, that the Australian naval units operating in the area are under the operational command of the United States Fleet in that area, and the honourable member may rest assured that the Royal Australian Navy will not now move in smartly and shell Haiphong.







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