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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3244

Dr Everingham asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 22 April 1 980:

Was information given to the Prime Minister and other former Ministers for the Army and Ministers for Defence (a) during and (b) since Australia's military action in Vietnam to the effect that Australians serving there were subjected to mutagenic or other hazards due to toxic defoliants and their components, contaminants and derivatives dispersed in the air, water, soil and food species in Vietnam; if so, what was this information.

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

No, information was not given and has not been given to those Ministers to the effect that Australians serving in Vietnam were subjected to mutagenic hazards. I refer the honourable member to the statement made by the Minister for Veterans ' Affairs on 3 1 March 1980, announcing a study of the possible effects that herbicides and other chemicals may have had on Vietnam veterans.

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