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D.L.P. and defence



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PRESS RELEASE

THE SENATE

Senator The Hon. V. C. GAIR

Leader Democratic Labor Party Phones: Canberra, 705 Ext. 523 Brisbane, 31010 .1 Ext. 436

D.L.P. and Defence

In the Senate today the D.L.P.

Senators refused leave to the Government to read

in the Senate the statement on International Affairs

presented in the House of Representatives on Thursday

last by the Minister for External Affairs.

The ]).L.P. Senators adopted such an

approach to demonstrate:-1. The hostility of the D.L.P. to the unrealistic

attitude of the Government to defence,

2. The ridiculous view of the Government, as expressed

in this statement, on the question of the growing influence

of the Soviet Union in the Indian Ocean area, which

constitutes an open invitation to a major Communist power

to fill the vacuum created by Britain's withdrawal from

the area,

3. The cynicism of such a statement being read in the

Senate on the day before the first anniversary of the

brutal Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia,

4. The insult which this statement directs to the

thousands of refugees who have settled in Australia after

fleeing from the Soviet Union's terrorism.

Canberra, 19th August, 1969.