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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
Page: 1696

Mr Whitlam asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   Since he has reclassified and tabled the letters to and from the Premier of South Vietnam on 29th April 1965 concerning the Australian offer of an infantry battalion of 800 men with some 100 personnel in logistic support to serve with United States forces (Hansard, 18th August 1971, page 230 and 19th August 1971, page 314), will he now reclassify and table the text of the communications about May 1962 concerning the dispatch of a group of Australian military advisers (Hansard, 25th September 1970, page 1754).

(2)   Did other communications pass between the governments of Australia' and South Vietnam concerning the dispatch of (a) RAAF units and (b) additional battalions; if so, what was the (i) date and (ii) text of those communications.

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

(1)   and (2) I have nothing to add to the reply given by my colleague the Minister for Foreign Affairs in answer to a question without notice from the honourable member on this subject on 20th August 1971 (Hansard, pages 414 and 415).

High Commission in United Kingdom (Question No. 4109)

Mr Cross asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   How many people are employed by the Australian High Commission in the United Kingdom,

(2)   How many of these people are locally employed.

(3)   How are the responsibilities of the staff divided among Australian Government departments and authorities.

Mr McMahon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2) and (3) Statistics for staff on the establishment of the High Commissioner's Office are maintained on a quarterly basis. The latest available figures, as at 30th June 1971, are:


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