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Tuesday, 19 February 1980
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Mr LIONEL BOWEN (KINGSFORD-SMITH, NEW SOUTH WALES) -I direct a question to the Prime Minister. I refer to the honourable gentleman's statement that the crisis in Afghanistan could cause war in three days ' time. I also refer to the fact that President Carter has introduced draft proposals for the American people. Has the Government any proposals for compulsory military training? If so, what are the criteria that are to be used in Australia?

Mr MALCOLM FRASER - I think that, if the honourable gentleman wishes to know the proposals we have in relation to defence, in broad terms that should wait until a little later this afternoon when I will make some remarks and there will be a more detailed briefing from the Minister for Defence. In case there are people listening in who might be concerned, I point out that a draft is not part of those proposals. In case my silence on the subject gives it a credibility that it ought not to have, I think the Deputy Leader of the Opposition would like to know that that phrase is an illustrative one which indicates quite plainly that we do not know what the Soviet Union will do next or when it will do it.

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