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Wednesday, 21 April 1971

The PRESIDENT - Order! The honourable senator is giving a lot of information.

Senator O'BYRNE - I ask the Leader of the Government: As Australian troops are still losing their lives in Vietnam, does the Government intend to follow Mr Malcolm Fraser's about-face and adopt his new and realistic attitude? Would the adoption of his new attitude lead to the immediate withdrawal of our troops in Vietnam and to a determination by Australia never again to become involved in such futile and tragic conflicts as Vietnam?

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - The whole of the honourable senator's question predicated about a statement pur ported to be made by Mr Malcolm Fraser. That purported statement appeared in a Melbourne paper. Mr Fraser is a former Minister for Defence. Since I did not see the statement, I cannot comment upon it or upon the consequential questions posed by Senator O'Byrne.

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