The Australian Prime Minister, Mr. Harold Holt, who's in London for talks with the Government?
The Australian Prime Minister, Mr. Harold Holt, who's in London for talks with the Government has made it clear that Australia, is far from happy with Britain's position over Vietnam. He wants British troops there.
Mr. Holt, a fit and vigorous fifty-seven, flew in from Washington for his first visit here since he succeeded Sir Robert Menzies last January. Reflecting modern Australia much more than his predecessor, Holt and his wife go often to their seaside home, living in the sun and indulging his passion spear-fishing. It should have been cricket -- the James Bond type activity gives a peg for the "007 Holt" allegations hurled by the many dissident voices attacking his policy of involving Australian troops in Vietnam. There are now over four-thousand of them there
This he sees as an essential contribution by a country deeply involved in South-East Asia affairs. And it's something to which he expects his close allies to give moral support -- ignoring the protests and even, as he said today, recognising that Mr. Wilson might hold a different view. This, he stressed, needn't have any long-lasting effect on Anglo-Australian relations.
But, speaking to John Osman, Mr. Holt was quite clear he expected more from Britain: