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Wednesday, 1 December 1976

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

In which overseas countries does Australia not have its own diplomatic presence, diplomatic representation by some other country or a representative of the Trade Commissioner Service.

Mr Peacock - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) Australia does not have resident diplomatic presence in the member States of the United Nations listed in the lefthand column of the following table. It is, however, represented by the dual accreditation of Heads of Mission resident in the countries indicated in the right-hand column.



(2)   The Australian Ambassador resident in Beirut was accredited to Jordan and Syria, as well as to Lebanon. This remains formally the case, although the Australian Embassy in Beirut has suspended operations for safety reasons. Australian representation in the Middle East is currently being reviewed. In the meantime an immigration task force has been set up within the Australian High Commission in Nicosia to handle inquiries which would previously have been dealt with by the Australian Embassy in Beirut.

(3)   Australia has not arranged diplomatic accreditation to those member States of the United Nations listed in the lefthand column of the following table. However, to the extent that their resources permit, the Australian diplomatic missions in the countries listed in the right-hand column fulfil certain visiting, reporting and consular responsibilities in respect of those member States.



(4)   Australia is not represented diplomatically by any other country, although in certain countries British representatives perform consular functions on behalf of Australia.

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