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Wednesday, 10 July 1946

Mr HUTCHINSON (DEAKIN, VICTORIA) - Was the action recently taken, and were the views expressed by the Minister for External Affairs regarding Spain, the result of a decision of Cabinet, or did the Minister act without prior consultation with Cabinet? If the views which he expressed were not those of this Government, does it mean that the Minister is framing and enunciating the foreign policy of the country without reference to Cabinet?

Mr CHIFLEY - When the Minister for External Affairs was present in this chamber, he was asked a question about the difficulties that had arisen regarding Spain. On that occasion, he gave the' reply, which was the view of this Government, that the various allegations, charges and counter charges that had been made about Spain should be fully examined. Apparently, other nations took precisely the same view, and it was agreed that such an investigation should be made. The inquiry was made under the auspices of the United Nations. Therefore, the statement that the Minister for External Affairs made in this House did represent the views of this Government, namely, that all the claims and charges that had been made should be fully investigated.

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