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Tuesday, 16 February 1971

Senator KEEFFE asked the Minister representingthe Prime Minister, upon notice:

Have any Australian servicemen or civilians been charged with and/or convicted in South Vietnam for black marketing activities.

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - The Prime Minister has provided me with the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   Servicemen: The Minister for Defence has informed me as follows:

Yes. Minor infringements concerning black marketing and currency dealings have been detected and investigated. I am advised that there is no evidence of large scale or organised activities by Australian servicemen in these crimes. An investigation into the one case of alleged smuggling of arms failed to produce any evidence of an offence having been committed.

(2)   Civilians: The Minister for Foreign Affairs has advised me that two Australian civilians are believed to have been charged in South Vietnam with black market activities, one of whom was convicted and the other was not brought to trial.

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