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Thursday, 9 December 1976
Page: 3609

Mr FitzPATRICK (Darling) -by leave-I present the report of the Australian Delegation to the Sixty-third Conference of the InterParliamentary Union, held in Madrid between 23 September and 1 October 1976.

Ordered that the report be printed.

Mr FitzPATRICK - Mr Deputy Speaker,63 national groups sent delegates to the sixty-third Inter-Parliamentary Union Conference, held in Madrid from 23 September to 1 October 1976. These national groups were represented by a total of 480 delegates as well as 179 advisers, Clerks of Parliament, group secretaries and 274 wives, plus observers from the United Nations Organisation and other national organisations, making a total in the vicinity of 1000 people from outside Madrid. The Spanish group proved themselves hospitable and capable hosts and, because of this, your delegation and the delegations from other national groups were able to promote the aims of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, which is to promote personal contacts between members of all parliaments, constituted into national groups, and to unite them in common action to secure and maintain the full participation of their respective states in the firm establishment and development of representative institutions and in the advancement of the work of international peace and co-operation. Because our Australian Parliament supports these aims and the Australian Branch of the InterParliamentary Union is gaining increasing status amongst the groups, the Australian Parliament and Australians can be proud of the support our Parliament gives to the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

We express our appreciation to the Secretary and staff of our secretariat and to various public servants overseas for their support. We remind the Parliament that the spring meeting of the Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union will be held in Canberra from 10 to 1 4 April 1 977.

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