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Thursday, 24 March 1966

Mr BEATON (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) - I address a question to the Prime Minister. Can we in Australia rightly assume that the new Government in Indonesia may be more friendly disposed towards us? Is the Prime Minister aware that the new Indonesian Government has sought urgent economic aid - in particular, food for flood victims in Java - from Japan? Would this be an appropriate time for Australia to take the initiative in offering such aid as an extension of the hand of practical friendship? Will the Prime Minister indicate to Indonesia the desire of Australia to be friendly and eventually to cement that feeling with trade and friendship?

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