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Thursday, 9 December 1976

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

(   1 ) Has the Indonesian Government indicated through diplomatic channels that Australian companies with petroleum and mineral concessions in East Timor will be welcome to stay if they negotiate their rights with the Indonesian Government

(2)   If so, has the Australian Government informed these companies that it does not recognise East Timor as being under the legal suzerainty of Indonesia.

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

(   1 ) The Indonesian Government has made no such indication through diplomatic channels to the Australian Government.

(2)   Not applicable.

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