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Thursday, 22 October 1964

Senator GORTON (VICTORIA) (Minister for Works) - I saw the statement attributed to Sir Mark Oliphant in the newspapers. It seems to me to be a most extraordinary proposition to hand over to Communist rule, particularly Communist Chinese rule because in Communist China there has never been any indication of belief in the sanctity of human life at all, 12 million people who at the moment are not under Communist rule. It seems to me to be an extraordinarily dangerous proposition that a country and a population of this size are expendable in order to fit in with the ideas of a professor or a politician, particularly when we consider our own population, which is even smaller. A proper moral approach to the self-determination of other people seems to be lacking. If there had been a suggestion of a referendum or something of that kind I could understand it, but just to hand over a country seems to me indefensible.

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