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Wednesday, 24 November 1965


Mr HASLUCK (CURTIN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for External Affairs) - The honorable gentleman has drawn a wrong inference from the reply I gave yesterday. The position is that there were several votes taken in the United Nations, and before the votes were taken there was a process of amending previous resolutions. Although I knew the votes that Australia had given, I was not quite clear in my own mind what was in the particular resolutions for which Australia had voted. I wanted to check that point. As was weil known, of course, Australia was not called upon to vote in the Security Council because Australia is not a member of the Security Council and I- could have said that yesterday. We were only called upon to vote in the General Assembly.

After the discussion, there were three resolutions. The first one, which was adopted on 12th October 1965, called upon Britain to use all possible measures to prevent a declaration of independence. This resolution was supported by Australia. The second resolution, which also preceded the declaration of independence by Southern Rhodesia, called upon Great Britain to employ all necessary measures, including military force, to bring about majority rule, etc. This resolution was adopted on 5th November 1965. Australia voted against it. The instruction given was that we were not to vote at that stage for the use of military force. The third resolution was adopted on 11th November 1965 immediately following the declaration of independence by Southern Rhodesia. It invited Great Britain to put an end to the rebellion. Australia supported that resolution. The only reference to an oil embargo was in a resolution of the Security Council. Not being a member of the Security Council, Australia was not called upon to vote on that resolution.







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