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Thursday, 24 February 1977
Page: 507

Mr E G WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

With which countries does Australia have extradition arrangements (a) in force and (b) under negotiation.

Mr Peacock - The answer to part (a) of the honourable member's question is as follows:

Australia regards itself as having extradition arrangements in force with the following countries:

Albania, Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Finland, France, Gambia, Ghana, Gilbert Islands, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Nauru, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Spain, Swaziland, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Western Samoa, Yugoslavia, Zambia and New Zealand.

The honourable member's attention is drawn to the fact that special extradition arrangements, intended solely to implement the provisions of the Convention for the Sup- f pression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft, exist with the folowing countries with which Australia does not have extradition arrangements of general application:

Bulgaria, Byelorussian SSR, Chad, Costa Rica, Dahomey, Denmark, Gabon, Germany, Federal Republic of, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Mali, Mongolian People's Republic, Niger, South Africa, Ukrainian SSR and USSR.

The answer to part (b) of the honourable member's question is as follows:

Extradition treaties are expected to be negotiated or finalised shortly with a number of other countries in keeping with the Government 's policy of extending Australia 's extradition coverage and of replacing Imperial treaties to which Australia succeeded with modern treaties. It is desirable to keep the identity of those countries confidential for the time being but the honourable member can be assured that more information will be made available when these treaties are tabled in Parliament, after they have been signed with the country concerned.

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