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Thursday, 24 August 1972
Page: 458

Senator MURPHY asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice:

Now that the United States of America is engaged in open war with the North Vietnamese, will the Government assure the Senate that there is not, and will not be, participation by Australian servicemen in Vietnam in such a way as to involve us in a state of war.

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Health) - The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Government of the United States of America has, with the support of the Australian Government, been engaged in helping the Government of the Republic of Vietnam to withstand armed aggression mounted against it by the communist government of North Vietnam. Parliamentary questions are not a suitable vehicle for the exchange of views on such hypothetical issues as an assumed change in the status of hostilities in Vietnam. I am advised that, in fact, there has been no such change in the status of hostilities.

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