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Friday, 8 May 1970

Mr SPEAKER -Order! Yesterday I reminded the same 2 honourable gentlemen that talking across the table was not in order. I suggest for the dignity and decorum of the House they should have due regard to the Standing Orders.

Mr McMAHON - What is obvious is that those governments and countries that are favoured by Opposition members, particularly Communist China, North Vietnam and the Vietcong, have refused to come to the conference and consequently will not participate. The honourable gentleman also asked about the objective, lt is a pity that he has not listened to the answers that I have given in this House on at least 2 occasions because I then declared the purposes to be, firstly, to relate exclusively to Cambodia if that can be done; secondly, to have the principle declared that we do not believe in interference in the affairs of other countries; thirdly, that the people in those countries should have the right by a free vote to determine the type of government they want in their countries and the. kind of life they want to live; and fourthly, to appeal for a reconvening of the International Control Commission. I should like to know whether the Australian Labor Party would support the first 2 principles. Until the present moment I have not heard it give 1 measure of support to those 2 great principles which were written into the Bandung Declaration of some years ago.

As to the part of the question which asked whether I felt that our participation might in any way affect the conference or the success of the conference, I am convinced that it will have no effect. I have access to all the cables that are coming through and I can assure the honourable member that Indonesia welcomes Australia as a country which is dedicated to peace and, consequently, one that will be prepared to play its part at the conference. I challenge the honourable member to say that that is the objective of his Party.

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