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Wednesday, 30 August 1972
Page: 529


Senator CARRICK - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Has the Minister's attention been drawn to recent reported extracts of the speech of Cardinal Mindszenty, the Roman Catholic Primate of Hungary, in Brussels, upon the occasion of the 1,000th anniversary of the birth of St Stephen, the first Christian king of Hungary? Has the Minister noted in particular the Cardinal's statement that 'the years since the 1956 Hungarian uprising have been among the most tragic in modern Hungarian history'? Recognising the unique knowledge and experience of Cardinal Mindszenty to report on the postwar tragedy of Hungary, will the Minister seek to obtain the full text of the Cardinal's address and have it made available to this Parliament, the people of Australia and, particularly, to the thousands of Hungarian and other migrants in Australia who were forced to flee from behind the Iron Curtain, so that this country shall have a further and timely reminder of the tyranny of the communist military machine?


Senator WRIGHT - I have seen the report of the Cardinal's address. With regard to bringing it to the Parliament, I shall ask the Department of Foreign Affairs to see whether we can obtain a copy and make it available in the Parliamentary Library for members of the Parliament. With regard to making it available to migrants and other sections of the public, I would encourage the greatest possible publicity to be given to this speech, having regard to the trend of it and particularly in the context of the opposite version of the Hungarian revolution which was portrayed last night in the Australian Broadcasting Commission programme 'Khrushchev Remembers'. I would like to see the Cardinal's version of the years that followed the Hungarian revolution brought to the attention of the Australian public so that they might consider it in the light of last night's ABC segment of 'Khruschev Remembers' on the Hungarian revolution.







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