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Tuesday, 10 November 1953

Mr KEON (YARRA, VICTORIA) - Is the Minister for External Affairs aware that the Indonesian Government proposes- to proclaim its own continental shelf, which will take in a- great deal of the area of the. continental shelf" already proclaimed by Australia? Is- he al'so aware that the shelf already proclaimed by Australia embraces- certain. Indonesian territories-? If' he- is not aware of this matter, will' he investigate it and make a report on it to the House1?

Mr CASEY - The. expert, on/ the continental, shelf is not I but. the Minister for Commerce' and Agriculture; who: has been battling manfully with the matter for several months.. I am. not sure whether the position is; as suggested in the honorable gentleman's, question, but T shall confer with, my colleague, and check the facts, if the honorable gentleman does not mind me putting, it that way;, and see whether the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture and I shall' be able to unite in. answering the honorable gentleman's question.

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