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Friday, 3 December 1976

Mr Garrick (BATMAN, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs upon notice:

(1)   Why did the Australian Government grant a visitor's visa to former Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Dayan.

(2)   Having regard to the recent admission of Israeli General Bar-lev and now the visit of Dayan, is the Government showing prejudice to one party m the Middle East conflict.

(3)   Will the Government consider lifting its ban on the admission of Palestinian student leader Eddie Zananiri in the interest of an even handed approach to international affairs.

Mr Mackellar (WARRINGAH, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   There were no grounds for refusing a visa to Mr Dayan.

(2)   No. Amongst other visitors from the Middle East the Prime Minister of Bahrain was a guest of the Government from 19 to 25 September and King Hussein of Jordan paid a State Visit last March. It will be recalled that the communique issued at the conclusion of the latter visit stated, inter aiia- Both sides were agreed on the urgent need for the implementation of Resolutions 242 ( 1967) and 338 (1973) of the United Nations Security Council, ' i.e.

Both side were agreed on the need for any settlement to take account of the legitmate rights of the Palestinian people, and of the right of all states in the area to exist within secure and recognised boundaries'.

(3)   For the present, the considerations set out in my reply to the honourable member's Question No. 666 remain valid.

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