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Thursday, 17 April 1980
Page: 1561

Senator CHIPP (Victoria) (Leader of the Australian Democrats) - I absolutely agree with Senator Carrick and Senator Wriedt about the nine page statement on the size of Soviet forces in Afghanistan and the atrocities that it is alleged they have committed. It seems to me that we have just let slip into Hansard a most important document which surely this Senate ought to debate. We ought to expose the strength of the Soviet forces in Afghanistan and the atrocities to the world or, if these allegations are false or based on scanty evidence, we should question them. Can I ask Senator Carrick through you, Mr President, if there is some mechanism by which this matter could be listed under General Business so that it can be debated at the Senate's convenience?

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