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Tuesday, 24 March 1987
Page: 1359

Mr COLEMAN —My question is directed to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. The Minister will recall his statements last January that he would not allow representatives of the Palestine Liberation Organisation to visit Australia because that organisation is committed to violence. In the light of that principle, will the Minister explain to the House why the Government has invited the leader of the African National Congress, Mr Tambo, to Australia?

Mr HAYDEN —To the extent that we are guilty people for inviting Oliver Tambo to come to Australia as a guest of the government, may I say that we stand in impressive company. He has sat down with George Shultz, the Secretary of State of the United States of America, to discuss matters of common concern. After he has visited Australia, he will visit New Zealand, Japan and Canada. I feel neither embarrassment nor discomfort.