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Thursday, 12 November 1959


Sir GARFIELD BARWICK - The precise reasons for Australia's abstention from voting on the resolution concerning SouthWest Africa will be set out in the journals of the United Nations in due course, and I shall see that the honorable member receives a copy.


Mr Whitlam - Was it a mere abstention? I thought that the Australian delegate voted against the resolution.


Sir GARFIELD BARWICK - No. It was a mere abstention, and it was made perfectly plain that Australia has never discussed the substance of this motion in former years. We have always taken the stand that this was a domestic matter and not within the competence of the United

Nations, and we have not receded from that position. On this occasion, it was thought that an abstention would indicate our consistent attitude, and would do so perhaps better than joining in opposition to the resolution, as had been done in former years.







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