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Wednesday, 15 May 1968

Mr GORTON - I think this is a rather odd question. Let us examine and analyse the implications. Here is an admitted National Liberation Front armed Communist insurgent movement - I believe all members of the House will agree that this is so - calling a Press conference in Moscow which is the capital of the largest Communist country in the world.

Mr Bryant - China has left the camp has it?

Mr GORTON - I do not- want to get mixed up in arguments between Chinese Communists and Russian Communists. Russia is one of the largest Communist countries in the world. It is suggested that the Government should make an inquiry to see whether statements made at a Press conference held in Moscow by an armed Communist insurgent front are truthful or not truthful, when the reports which have been received here and throughout the world were certainly not from any source aligned against that front, but were from a Press coverage in Vietnam which, if anything, very largely does not support as much as it might the efforts of Australians and others in that area. The short answer to the honourable member's question is no.

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