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Tuesday, 1 May 1973
Page: 1478


Mr SINCLAIR (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask a question of the Prime Minister. Is he aware that the family of one of the Australians executed in Yugoslavia, Mr Vlasnovic, claims that he entered Yugoslavia quite legally for the purpose of visiting his mother and that he had never engaged in any illegal activities against the Yugoslav Government? Is the Prime Minister satisfied that this man, and perhaps others, are not the victims of unsubstantiated allegations of terrorist activities against Australian citizens? What action has the Prime Minister taken to try to establish the truth of the matter, the circumstances of this man's trial, and the meaningfulness of Australian citizenship to the Communist Government of Yugoslavia, or is the Prime Minister prepared simply to accept the insults to Australia of a foreign government which has already been shown to have deliberately and flagrantly withheld the truth from his Government?


Mr WHITLAM - If the honourable gentleman gives me a letter concerning the person whom he named I will have it sent to Belgrade and will ask for a report on it. My Government has elicited the facts in this matter which occurred, of course, during the term of office of our predecessors. That is where it originated. We have ascertained the facts which our predecessors were not able to get.







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