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Wednesday, 31 October 1956

Dr EVATT (BARTON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The question I wish to ask the Prime Minister concerns a very urgent matter. Can the right honorable gentleman say whether the United Kingdom Government communicated to him or to the Australian Government its intentions prior to its taking certain action at the meeting called by the United Nations Security Council to discuss the IsraelEgypt situation? Secondly, what instructions were given to the Australian representative at that meeting, who, having expressed the opinion that Israel was guilty of aggression against Egypt,, did not record a vote on the matter? Were any instructions given to him? Have any consultations taken place, either with Australia's representative at the United Nations or with the British and French governments? I ask the Prime Minister, more broadly, whether he will take the opportunity of making a general statement of Australia's views in relation to this critical situation, whether Australia has any obligation in the matter, express or implied. Will the right honorable gentleman ensure that the House is kept informed and in session, if there is any possibility of Australia becoming involved in the obligations referred to in some of the messages?

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