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Govt should reverse decision to give funds to ANC: Hill



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M E D IA R E L E A S E SENATOR ROBERT HILL LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE SHADbW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

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The Shadow Minister for Foreign Affaire, Senator Robert Hill, today said the Hawke Government should reverse its decision to provide direct funding to the African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa.

"The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Senator Evans, has still not justified his decision to give Australian

taxpayers' money to the ANC," Senator Hill said.

"This unprecedented intervention in the domestic affairs of another country reflects the close bonds that have been built over time between the ALP and the ANC.

"The ALP may wish to pick winners and support favourites in a post-apartheid South Africa.

"But for the Australian Government to do so is inappropriate and runs the risk of getting it wrong and detrimentally

affecting longer term relations between Australia and south Africa.

"The objection of Inkatha, which will play an important role in the future of South Africa, has already been made clear.

"Senator Evans, in acting as Foreign Minister, must put

Australian national interests ahead of his own emotionally driven personal and party relationships.

"The Hawke Government should reverse its decision to provide direct funding to the ANC as a political movement, recognising that the decision was not in the national interests of

Australia."

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Enquiries* Mark Batistich on (08) 224 0167 or Senator Hill on (08) 373 4214

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