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Tuesday, 15 August 1972
Page: 173

Mr Grassby asked the Minister for the Army, upon notice:

(1)   Has his attention been drawn to charges that Australian servicemen in Vietnam have fathered 1,000 part-Vietnamese children.

(2)   If so, will he order an immediate investigation and make the facts known to the Parliament.

(3)   If the position is not as claimed, will he refute the charges publicly.

(4)   If there are part-Australian children in Vietnam, will he indicate the number and confer with his colleague the Minister for Immigration to facilitate their adoption and entry, into Australia.

Mr Katter - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2), (3) and (4) Previous enquiries made of Vietnamese authorities, social welfare workers, maternity hospitals, orphanages and similar institutions have consistently revealed that it is impossible to establish the paternal origin of the part-Caucasian, illegitimate children in Vietnam. I am, therefore, unable to either refute or confirm the unsubstantiated charges referred to by the honourable member.

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