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Australian delegation to conference on Antarctica



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DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

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l e a sed o n ly i n C a n b e rra .

CANBERRA

PR 120

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AUSTRALIAN DELEGATION TO CONFERENCE OH ANTARCTICA.

Statem ent by the Acting; M in ister fo r E xtern al A f f a ir s .

. The A ctin g M in is te r f o r E x te r n a l A f f a i r s , S i r G a r f ie l d B arw ick,

announced to d a y th e c o m p o sitio n o f th e A u s t r a li a n d e le g a ti o n to th e 1 2 -n a tio n

c o n fe re n c e on A n ta r c tic a w hich i s t o open in W ashington on O ctober 15, 1959.

The d e le g a tio n w i l l be l e d by th e M in is te r f o r E x te r n a l A f f a i r s ,

Mr. R.G, C asey. A f te r Mr. C asey le a v e s W ashington to a t te n d th e Colombo P la n

M i n i s t e r i a l c o n fe re n c e opening i n D jo k ja k a r ta on November 10 th e A u s tr a lia n

Ambassador to th e U n ite d S t a t e s , Mr. Howard B e a le , w i l l le a d th e A u s t r a li a n

d e l e g a ti o n . ·

O th er members w i l l b e :

Mr. J .C .G . K evin, A u s tr a lia n H igh Com m issioner i n C eylon

M in is te r a t th e A u s t r a li a n Embassy, W ashington

A tto rn e y -G e n e ra l1s D epartm ent.

D epartm ent o f E x te r n a l A f f a i r s , C an b erra

D epartm ent of E x te rn a l A f f a i r s .

The c o n fe re n c e w i l l be a tte n d e d by r e p r e s e n t a t i v e s o f th e 12

c o u n tr ie s th a t co n d u cted s c i e n t i f i c r e s e a r c h i n A n ta r c t ic a d u rin g th e I n t e r ­

n a t io n a l G eo p h y sical Y ear, t h a t i s : A rg e n tin a , A u s t r a l i a , B elgium , C h ile ,

F ra n c e , J a p a n , New Z ealand, Norway, S outh A f r ic a , U n ite d Kingdom, U n ite d

S t a t e s , U .S .S .R .

Mr. M.Pi. Booker,

Mr. C.W. H a rd e rs ,

Mr. T.V. H o lla n d ,

Mr. P .J . F lo o d ,

S in ce May, 1958, r e p r e s e n t a t i v e s o f th e s e c o u n tr ie s i n W ashington

have b een h o ld in g d is c u s s io n s i n p r e p a r a tio n f o r th e c o n fe re n c e . I t i s

hoped th a t a t th e c o n fe re n c e agreem ent w i l l be re a c h e d on th e t e x t of a

T re a ty on A n ta r c tic a t h a t w i l l p ro v id e f o r ;

2.

(a) the u se o f A n ta r ctica fo r p e a c e fu l purposes only;

(t>) freedom o f s c i e n t i f i c in v e s t ig a t io n in A n ta rctica ;

and (c ) the f r e e z in g o f th e s ta tu s quo v/ith regard to r ig h t s and claim s

in A n ta r c tic a .

S ir G a r fie ld Barwick s a id th a t t h i s co n feren ce would be of

g rea t im portance to A u s tr a lia b ecause o f our e x te n s iv e t e r r it o r y in

A n ta r c tic a . The Government had th e r e fo r e d ecided to se n d a stro n g d e le g a ­

tio n to th e co n fere n c e. As a r e s u lt of th e proposed tr e a ty i s was hoped

th at th e p o s s i b i l i t y of p o l i t i c a l d is p u te would be removed from t h i s re g io n

o f th e world which would be " se a led off" as a perm anently p e a c e fu l area; and

th a t the fo u n d a tio n s would be l a i d fo r f r u i t f u l c o -o p e r a tio n betw een a l l

in t e r e s t e d c o u n tr ie s in s c i e n t i f i c resea r ch th ere fo r the b e n e f it o f a l l .