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Thursday, 22 October 1970

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member will be out of order if he asks a hypothetical question. The question must be based on fact.

Dr GUN - If 1 may speak to that-

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member may not speak to it. The honourable member may rephrase his question if he so wishes, but he must base his question on fact.

Dr GUN - Does this mean that the Commonwealth would be unable legally to invoke such defence powers under section 51 (vi) of the Constitution? If it is true that the Commonwealth could not use its defence powers in the event of an undeclared civil war right here in Australia how could the use of such powers be valid for an undeclared civil war several thousand miles away, for example, in Vietnam?

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