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Thursday, 25 November 1965

Mr HASLUCK - Honorable members of this House who have taken part in delegations to the General Assembly of the United Nations will, I think, be fully aware of the skirmishing that goes on in and around the sessions of the General Assembly before resolutions are carried. In this year's

General Assembly there were various proposals for the carrying of resolutions condemning discrimination in various forms. I think it would be completely fair to say that as part of the process of skirmishing persons holding different views try to work into draft resolutions the sort of words that would cause embarrassment or difficulty to their opponents, and exclude from the resolution any words that would cause difficulty or embarrassment to themselves. This, of course, was being done on many fronts. It was in those circumstances that a succession of words such as anti-Semitism, racism, Zionism and Nazism gradually found their way into successive drafts. I do not want to canvass the decision made eventually in the General Assembly but I assure the honorable member that so far as the Australian Government is concerned it does not look at Zionism in association with other terms such as racism and Nazism. Zionism is a legitimate aspiration of people of the Jewish race wishing to restore the Jewish nation.

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