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Thursday, 27 September 1973
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Mr McLEAY (BOOTHBY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I address a question to the Prime Minister. During a recent Press conference he said that his Government would support certain actions - I quote his words - 'designed to bring down the South African Government or at least have the South African Government abandon its objectionable policies'. Is there any precedent for an Australian Prime Minister or an Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs making such a pronouncement about a friendly nation? What is his Government's view on the policies of a fellow Commonwealth country, Zambia, for example, where most of the members of the former Opposition party are in gaol without trial?


Mr WHITLAM - My predecessors, the right honourable members for Lowe and Higgins - I think also the late Prime Minister Mr

Harold Holt - co-operated in international action to bring down a rebel regime in Zimbabwe, the British colony of Southern Rhodesia. That is an immediate parallel which should occur to us all. Australia will cooperate in the United Nations General Assembly and all its specialised agencies in actions designed to change the policy of the South African Government on racial questions and, if the policy is not changed, to bring that Government down. Similarly, Australia will co-operate with the same bodies to oust South Africa from its illegal occupation of Namibia - South West Africa. Australia will carry out any decisions made by those international bodies where South Africa's major trading partners also heed those decisions.







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