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Wednesday, 28 April 1971

Senator WEBSTER - I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence whether his attention has been drawn to a current news article in which it is suggested that Russia is developing a fortress type of island in the Indian Ocean in conjunction with the fleet it apparently has established in that ocean. Can the Minister confirm that this is so and advise the Parliament of his knowledge of the matter? Is the Australian Government greatly concerned at this development of Russian power in an ocean which touches Australian shores?

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - Again, in fairness to the previous questioner, this is a question based on a Press report. The honourable senator asks me to Senator O'Byrne, I am unable to make any comment.

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