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Thursday, 10 March 1977

Go into any RSL club and talk to the diggers, and they will tell you of their shame that we, as a nation have today turned our backs on our former friends and allies in Timor.

Is our national conscience so dead that we can ignore the cri de coeur for a full inquiry. Surely the Indonesian Government would welcome the opportunity to publicly clear its country's name.

I commend our Minister for Foreign Affairs, Andrew Peacock, for asserting so firmly that our Government 'has not recognised Indonesia's incorporation of East Timor'(Hansard, 30 October 1976, page 2016) and I and, I believe, all Australians now anxiously await his response to the recent revelations and the call for a full international commission of inquiry. (Michael Hodgman is Liberal MHR for Denison, Tasmania.)

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