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Australia should continue its defence aid to the Philippines



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Deputy Leader of the Opposition

P R E S S R E L E A S E

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AUSTRALIA SHOULD CONTINUE ITS DEFENCE AID TO THE PHILIPPINES

. Australia should continue its defence aid to the

Philippines.

Any withdrawal of defence aid leaves the way open for

the communist insurgency of one of Australia's closest allied

countries to succeed.

The Philippines Government - led by Marcos

alternative - would then be threatened by increasing

guerilla warfare in the wake of any Australian defenc

withdrawal.

or any

communist

e aid

The Philippines would end up with the same

regime as Vietnam's.

sort of

There are serious political, economic and security

problems besetting the Philippines. These are being

inadequate response from the Australian Government.

met with an

Foreign Minister Hayden's policy statement

riddled with double standards. It singled out for co

the Philippines and let the atrocities of Vietnam go

last week was

ndemnation

unco ndemned.

The only conclusion that can be drawn is th

and the Government sees the world through blinkers.

at Mr Hayden

Parliament House, Canberra, A.C.T. 2600

A foreign policy statement that makes no mention of the

appalling human rights record of Vietnam, Cambodia, Afghanistan

or the Soviet Union leaves Australia open to charges of naivety

and selectiveness. '

The Philippines have, at least in marked contrast to

Vietnam's dictatorship, some degree of free political expression

Opposition parties and a vigorous free press. ;

Australia should be working with the United States and

ASEAN to develop ways to encourage the Philippines to make the

necessary political and economic changes, rather than condemning

the, Philippines out of hand.

The Government's one-man review committee of Dr Robert

Cooksey can ill afford to recommend undermining Australia's

defence commitment to the 54 million inhabitants of the

Philippines. i

N.A. BROWN

3rd December, 1985

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