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Friday, 8 May 1970

Dr Everingham (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   Have any approaches been made to the Commonwealth Government by persons in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, South Vietnam, the Philippines, South Korea or Taiwan or in communist countries for diplomatic, military or other help in defence of their democratic rights; if so, willi what result.

(2)   If approaches have been made, can he say whether the Governments of any of these countries, and which, have restricted democratic freedoms of political opponents not engaged in armed rebellion.

(3)   Have such restrictions, in each case, tended to deprive the respective peoples of their exercise of the principle of self-determination.

Mr McMahon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   to (3) The Government has no record of approaches in recent years in these terms.

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