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Thursday, 9 May 1957

Mr CASEY - Remarks made by senior Communists of the Russian regime when abroad are not necessarily intended to promote the truth. They are more consciously designed to create mischief in the area that the individual happens to be visiting at the time.I think that that broad observation fits this case very well. As the honorable gentleman has rightly said, there are incorporated in Soviet Russia at the present time communities that can properly be said to be straight-out colonial communities. I refer particularly to the Muslim areas immediately to the north of Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. I think that one can be reasonably certain that, if the people of those areas had the right to determine their own affairs, they would assuredly be autonomous communities. At present, they are being held in subjection by force majeure by the Soviet Russian regime. If the honorable member is seeking consistency in these matters, I think he might just as well look for a needle in a haystack.

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