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Monday, 24 May 1965

Senator FITZGERALD asked the

Minister representing the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice -

Realising the importance of the Federation of Malaysia to Australia and the British Commonwealth and in the light of recent press reports of dissension between leaders of constituent parts of the Federation - (a). What action has the Australian Government taken to attempt to resolve these differences? (b). Have discussions taken place with the British Government with a view to taking joint action to resolve the differences? (c). If not, will the Minister attempt to initiate such discussions so that possible disaster to the Federation and thus threatened danger to Australia may be averted?

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