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Cabinet decides to withdraw Australian forces from Vietnam

Page(s): 1  
Title: Cabinet decides to withdraw Australian forces from Vietnam
Date: 1971
Keywords: defence agreements, international relations, military campaigns, civil wars, Vietnam War, McMahon, Gough Whitlam
Record creator: Cabinet Office
Reference: A5909, 319

Cabinet decides to withdraw Australian troops from Vietnam, 1971


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This is the record of a top secret federal Cabinet decision on 26 July 1971 to withdraw Australian forces from Vietnam. It noted that Cabinet considered the proposed visit by President Richard Nixon to Peking (Beijing) as a development in US policy, and believed that the United States might now speed up its own troop-withdrawal program. Cabinet accordingly decided to withdraw Australian troops on an accelerated timetable. It authorised the Prime Minister to make an early announcement that looked towards withdrawal, but not to disclose the decision.

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