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Wednesday, 17 October 1956

Dr EVATT (BARTON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I desire to ask the Minister for External Affairs a question relating to certain answers given by him to questions originated by my colleagues, the honorable members for Werriwa and West Sydney, concerning the exchange of ministers or ambassadors between Australia and Ireland. Apparently, from the right honorable gentleman's answer of a few days ago, although it has been agreed to exchange ministers or representatives at the highest level, the arrangements have not been completed owing to the claim of Australia that the name of Ireland should take a certain form rather than others. I am not going into the merits of the matter, but the position has reached the stage at which, I suggest to the right honorable gentleman, it might well be referred to a committee of the House, or to some other committee or authority versed in international and constitutional law, to see whether it cannot be finalized, because I take it that it is still the view of the Government that there should be some exchange.

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