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Wednesday, 1 April 1987
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Mr SLIPPER(7.53) —The National Party of Australia does not support apartheid, but is very strongly opposed to the violence which is taking place in South Africa today. That is why we are against the visit of Oliver Tambo to Australia as a guest of the Government. Presumably that means that the 16 or so days that he is spending in this country will be at the expense of the Australian taxpayer. I was heartened to hear the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke) in the House during Question Time mention that Chief Buthelezi is being considered to receive an invitation to this country. The African National Congress does not have the support of the majority of the black people in South Africa. The ANC is, by anyone's definition, a terrorist organisation. I would like to mention a few facts and then ask a few questions. I hope that the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr Hayden) will consider these questions and will reply to them in due course.

Firstly, the ANC espouses and commits terrorism and violence against South African civilians, many of them black. ANC spokesman, Tim Ngubane, said of the terrible practice of necklacing when speaking at California State University on 10 October 1985:

We want to make the death of a collaborator so grotesque that people will never think of it.

Is South Africa to become another Cambodia ruled by the ANC in a form of Pol Pot-style of terrorism? Western intelligence organisations, including those from Britain and the United States of America, have found that the ANC leadership contains a majority-70 per cent-element of communists. Even as far back as 2 April 1935, Trotsky said:

The Bolsheviks-Leninists put themselves in defence of the ANC-A victorious resolution is unthinkable without the awakening of the native masses.

Is this not yet another indication that from as early as the 1930s the ANC has been led and supported by communism? Several papers written by Nelson Mandela, leader of the ANC, were handed to the court when he stood trial for sabotage in 1964. In his own handwriting, he states:

Under Communist rule South Africa will become a land of milk and honey . . . In our land the struggle of the oppressed masses is led by the South African Communist Party.

He further wrote:

The transition from capitalism to socialism in the liberation of the working class cannot be affected by slow changes. One must therefore be a revolutionary and not a reformist.

Another question: Is Nelson Mandela not still the guiding light of the ANC? Is this still the policy of the ANC? Nelson Mandela, the ANC leader who is serving a life sentence for sabotage, wrote articles such as `How to be a Good Communist', `Dialectic Materialism' and `Political Economy'. In `Political Economy' he said:

We Communist Party members are the most advanced revolutionaries in the world.

He is also reputed to be a good Western-style democrat by some sections of the Western media. What is the truth? Is the ANC not trying to be all things unto all men-communists and good liberal democrats at the same time? These are the matters which the Minister for Foreign Affairs should take into account when deciding whether people such as Oliver Tambo should be permitted to come to this country as the guest of the Australian taxpayer.

Another matter I would like to mention is that certain open pronouncements by Tambo and his fellow ANC leaders and members seem, to say the least, very extreme. For example, Winnie Mandela said:

With our boxes of matches and our necklaces we shall liberate this country.

Perhaps the guest of the Australian taxpayer, Oliver Tambo, would care to explain how these ideas by Winnie Mandela and others can, in any way, be designed to fit in with the ANC's image it is trying to portray.

The National Party and the Opposition is opposed to apartheid. We do not support apartheid, but we abhor violence. I believe that it is an affront to the Australian taxpayer, an affront to the ordinary decent citizen in this country, that the Minister for Foreign Affairs should bring someone of the ilk of Oliver Tambo to Australia. It is interesting that he is here for 16 days and that he is not visiting Queensland or Tasmania because the governments of those two States obviously will have nothing to do with him. I certainly hope the Prime Minister will invite Chief Buthelezi here so that the voice of moderate black opinion will be heard. The Chief is opposed to apartheid, but he is also opposed to violence. My understanding is that he is also strongly supportive of the principles of free enterprise.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Leo McLeay) —Order! The honourable member's time has expired.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

House adjourned at 7.58 p.m.