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Wednesday, 5 December 1973
Page: 2439


Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs the following question: In view of North Vietnam's latest attack on the South which is described as the biggest assault since the ceasefire, is it obvious that the Vietnam war is far from over and that the renewed hostilities increase the dangers of the development of a wider conflict in South East Asia? Was the lessening of military activity in Vietnam one of the reasons advanced by the Government when it decided to reduce Australia's defence capacity? In view of this and the situation in the Middle East, is not the Government's decision to reduce the size of the armed services premature?

Senator MURPHY -I ask that the question be placed on notice.

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