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Wednesday, 1 December 1976
Page: 3095

Mr Garrick asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(   1 ) Is the Government considering barring Fretilin leaders from Australia and stopping Telecom from receiving and disseminating Fretilin messages from inside East Timor.

(2)   If so, is this action an outgrowth of fear of instability in South East Asia.

(3)   Does he see any parallels with this sort of thinking now, and that which led Australia into the war in Vietnam.

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

(1)   Any application for entry to Australia made by any member of the party known as Fretilin, will be considered when it is lodged. Any questions concerning Telecom's responsibility for handling messages received by it are the responsibility of the Minister for Post and Telecommunications.

(2   ) In the light of my answer to part ( 1 ) of this question, (2) is not relevant

(3)   No.

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