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Thursday, 25 May 1972
Page: 2056

Senator O'BYRNE (TASMANIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Following the findings of the Pearce Commission on Rhodesia, will the Australian Government state firmly that it will support the United Nations policy of economic isolation of Rhodesia or will Australia still be seen to run against world sentiment by supporting the illegal Smith regime?

Senator WRIGHT - The implication in the honourable senator's question that Australia runs against world sentiment with regard to this matter is quite unwarranted. He knows full well that Australia has supported United Nations sanctions. The proposals for an alteration of the situation were ingeniously initiated by Lord Home with the assistance of the Commission of Lord Pearce. That inquiry has been conducted in a manner traditionally characteristic of British judicial inquiries. Now that the situation has not been advanced along the lines of the Home proposals, time is necessary for some thought. That will mean that the British authorities and the Rhodesian authorities, who are the parties principal in the matter, will have the problem still before them. But Australia's attitude is that at the present time it will continue with the sanctions that it adopted following the United Nations resolutions.

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