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Thursday, 22 November 1973
Page: 3682

Mr MALCOLM FRASER (WANNON, VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Prime Minister. Is he aware of a statement by Dr Kissinger on 25 October which indicated that the alert of United States forces around the world which was ordered by President Nixon had been undertaken as a result of a unanimous recommendation by the National Security Council? Is the Prime Minister also aware that Dr Kissinger had also indicated that the National Security Council had reached this recommendation while the President was not even present? In view of this report of Dr Kissinger's statement, which was widely reported, I ask the Prime Minister how he could make the statement on 8 November that the President had acted for domestic reason.

Mr WHITLAM - I have nothing to add to what I said on this matter on the motion by the official spokesman for the Liberal Party last Tuesday. I would commend to the honourable gentleman the second editorial in the 'Age' today. Australia, as I said, was not officially informed about this alert, even as regards the North West Cape station. It was not consulted. The ANZUS Treaty and the United States Naval Communications Station Agreement would both indicate that Australia should have been consulted.

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