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Thursday, 22 May 1980
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Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 20 February 1980:

Is he able to state on what occasions Australian servicemen were exposed to the defoliant Agent Orange in Vietnam.

Mr Killen - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Not fully at this stage. My Department started work on this subject last December and it is proceeding with all speed consistent with thoroughness. The task is a very large one, involving the matching of data about where and when Agent Orange was used by the Americans, with data (which has to be culled from records and can involve voluminous research) about the whereabouts of Australian units and subunits at relevant times. The work is basic to studies such as the one announced on 31 March 1980 by the Minister for

Veterans' Affairs and will of course be made available to those engaged in that study.

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