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Regional influence.

Kim Beazley - Minister of Defence in the Hawke Labor Government - realising that the people of Australia were disaffected about defence after the experience of Vietnam, had commissioned Paul Gibb to report and write about Australia's defence and directions. In March 1987 the White Paper called 'Defence of Australia' was presented. Action was very slow. Libya's alleged overtures to Venuatu and to Australian aborigines had not gone unnoticed either.