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Thursday, 2 December 1976

Mr BRYANT - I ask the Minister for Post and Telecommunications: Is it a fact that he has now taken the final steps to silence the voice of the people of East Timor completely by confiscating the radio of, and prosecuting, anybody listening to or attempting to communicate with those people? Would this action be in line with the spirit of the recent decision of the United Nations to condemn the aggression of Indonesia in Timor? Why is he supporting Indonesian aggression when the world body in fact condemns it? Is not this a pretty poor recompense for the assistance given by the people of East Timor when Australian troops there were attempting to use radio communications with this country? Is it a fact that Australians who were listening and who were able to react assisted our people there to overcome aggression in that country? Why does the Minister not act in the spirit of those times instead of accepting Indonesian aggression as a fait accompli?

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