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Tuesday, 14 May 1957

Dr EVATT (Barton) (Leader of th£ Opposition) . - by leave - This, 1 suppose, is the inevitable result of the Government'svacillation and lack of action. After all, the Security Council decided this matter about four and a half months ago. Then came the disastrous invasion of Egypt, which caused great injury to the people of both Britain and Australia. This Government has been kept informed by Britain, but it has never shown the slightest sign of activity. The obvious thing to do, and ] press this on the Government, is to continue to bring the matter to the Security Council. The- six principles have, been laid down by the Security Council; nevertheless, we have this ignominious- retreat from a decision of the United Nations..

With great respect tq. the right honorable gentleman, who,, of course, has; merely read a prepared statement, I point out that the statement overlooks entirely the fact tha,t the Security Council unanimously had declared those six principles. Then came the unlawful aggression against Egypt, causing loss and damage, supported b.y all honorable gentlemen opposite, to the detriment of so many people and the ruin of' others. Obviously, what should have been done then was to refer the matter again to the United Nations.

Mr Graham - It is still there!

Dr EVATT - It is there, but nothing is being done. It is of no use honorable members opposite screaming about it. The honorable member for Moore (Mr. Leslie), who is interjecting, and his colleagues, are responsible for this result.

I again ask the Government not just to wait and see, hoping that all will be forgotten. This matter should be with the Security Council now. Conditions should be drawn up and made binding on all members. I think that the present position is a monument to the Government's vacillation and complete incapacity.

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