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Wednesday, 17 November 1976

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(   1 ) Have hostilities in East Timor ceased.

(2   ) Have Indonesian troops withdrawn from East Timor.

(3)   Does the Government accept the assertion by the Government of Indonesia that an act of self-determination consistent with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations has taken place in East Timor.

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

(1)   The Government is aware of reports that there continues to be some fighting in East Timor. Such fighting appears, however, to be limited to sporadic skirmishing outside the main population centres.

(2)   The Indonesian Government now regards East Timor as pan of Indonesia. An Indonesian military presence thus remains.

(3)   1 refer the honourable member to statements I made on this matter on 20 July and 20 October.

Price of Beer in Victoria (Question No. 1159)

Mr Garrick asked the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs, upon notice:

(   1 ) Has his attention been drawn to the Victorian Government 's decision to outlaw the cut price sale of beer.

(2)   Will he take action to prevent the Victorian Government acting contrary to the interests of consumers and free enterprise, by referring this matter to the Trade Practices Commission.

(3)   Does the Victorian Government's action amount to capitulation to vested interests contrary to the spirit of free enterprise and open competition.

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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   This is not a matter which falls within the jurisdiction of the Trade Practices Commission.

(3)   It is not appropriate for me to respond to this question which seeks to debate actions by a State Government.

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