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Tuesday, 28 May 1968

The CHAIRMAN (Mr Lucock - Order! I remind the honourable member for Mitchell that the remarks that he is making at the moment do not relate to the clause that is under discussion.

Mr IRWIN - My remarks refer to a person who does not want to serve in Vietnam, allegedly for the sake of conscience. Therefore, they do apply in some way to the clause that is under discussion. It is time that we brought home forcibly the position in which we find ourselves. I ask Opposition members to consider the position of our menin Vietnam, many of whom and others who have returned to Australia detest the Opposition's attitude in not giving them full support. Many of our servicemen whom I met in Hong Kong cannot understand why some Australians will not support them in their valiant effort to protect our shores.

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