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Tuesday, 18 April 1972
Page: 1134

Senator YOUNG (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Has the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs seen reports that the State Council of the Victorian Australian Labor Party has expressed its support for the current North Vietnamese invasion of South Vietnam? Following such a repugnant resolution of support by the powerful Victorian Australian Labor Party State Council for this blatant invasion by communist forces-

The PRESIDENT - Order! The honourable senator must not make a statement.

Senator YOUNG - Will the Minister make it clear to the Australian people that the Government parties are not divided in their attitudes on this important issue and are united in their abhorrence and condemnation of this invasion by the communist forces of the North?

Senator WRIGHT (TASMANIA) (Minister for Works) - It is well known that this Government's policy has been to lend aid and assistance to those who oppose the aggression by North Vietnam forces, even to the extent of rendering military assistance to the opponents of North Vietnam forces. Our forces have been withdrawn only a short time. I would think that it is one of the most disgraceful episodes in Australia's political history that a significant section of a political party, that is, the State Council of the Victorian Australian Labor Party, should express publicly its support for the enemies of South Vietnam, the United States of America and, until recently, our own troops. I think that the action on the part of the State Council of the Victorian Australian Labor Party was correctly described in a statement yesterday by the Minister for Foreign Affairs as downright treachery.

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