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Tuesday, 28 May 1968

Mr Andrew Jones (ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (12:14 PM) - 1 have sat through most of the debate tonight and listened to it on the radio this afternoon. I do not wish to delay the House for any length of time but I merely want to quote one or two facts in regard to juries. We have had the tin canners on the other side of the House saying that Australia in principle is morally and spiritually against the war in Vietnam. But 1 would like to quote a couple of extracts from a fairly respectable and reliable source which I believe .that you, Mr Chairman, will find pertinent to the clause under discussion. The article I quote is from the Adelaide .'Advertiser' of 23rd May and is headed 'Gallup Poll In Favour of War'. The article states:

Seven out of every 10 young people aged 15 to 20 say we should continue to fight in Vietnam, and six out of 10 think America and her allies should at least maintain their present effort in Vietnam.

During this poll, which was conducted among over 2,000 people in all States, the interviewers asked the question: 'Do you think Australia should continue to fight in Vietnam or bring our forces back to Australia?' The answer received from 69% was that Australia should continue to fight in Vietnam; 25% said that we should bring our forces back to Australia and 6% were undecided. The poll found that the big vote for our continuing to fight in Vietnam came equally from boys and girls. Tonight honourable members opposite have criticised the Government and the youth of this country. As a young man I wish to put my point of view. I have listened to them; now they can listen to me. This article in the 'Advertiser' also stated:

Those for continuing to fight in Vietnam usually said:

Stop Communists from coming here. Better to fight there than here.

We must help America.

Mr Chairman,I am quoting a fairly reliable survey, but it appears that the Opposition is interested only in its own hogwash and not in what the people are thinking. The article continued:

Those who would bring our troops back to Australia often said: 'It's not our war'.

The same 2,123 young people were also asked: Do you think America and her allies should increase their effort in Vietnam, hold things as they are, reduce their war effort, or get out of Vietnam now?'

Mr Uren - I take a point of order, Mr Chairman. Would you inform us in what respect the remarks of the honourable member for Adelaide are related to the amendment before the Committee?

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