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: h e l i b e r a l p a r t y o f A u s t r a l i a

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FEDERAL PRESIDENT: MR. R.J. SOUTHEY. C.M.G. DIRECTOR: MR. B.G. HARTCHER, O.B.E.

FEDERAL SECRETARIAT BLACKALL & MACQUARIE STS., BARTON, A.C.T. G.P.O. BOX 13, CANBERRA, A.C.T. 2600 TELEPHONE 73 2564 TELEGRAMS "FEDLIB" CANBERRA

FROM THE HON. ANDREW PEACOCK, MP, OPPOSITION SPOKESMAN ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS

This week the Labor Government has managed to thoroughly confuse the

A ustralian people as well as Governments we form ally recognise. After

a destructive week in foreign relations the tim e has also come to ask whether

A u stralia's foreign policy is to be announced th ro u ^ i Radio Hanoi and BBC

. T\J or whether the A ustralian people through the Parliam ent a re to be told

firs t.

Of even m ore im portance is the incredible statem ent by the P rim e M inister

regarding South A frica. The L iberal P arty has constantly stated its

abhorrence of A partheid. However the P rim e M inister's statem ents a re akin

to putting a gun in the hand of the te r r o r is t and then seeking to deny all

responsibility by qualifying it la te r with a pious disclaim er.

Even his front man. Senator W illesee was em barrassed in the Senate trying

to explain it away. Obviously the P rim e M inister does not advise his

Foreign M inister before making statem ents.

The P rim e M inister m ust re a lise that his encouragement of te rr o ris t

movements cannot be confined to southern A frica. By his words he is

actively encouraging te rro ris m in any p art of the world.

Where w ill the line be drawn. The advocacy of violence and m urder cannot

be tolerated.

It is a blatant contrast with the Prim e M inister's own words a fortnight ago

when he said in his Roy Milne M em orial L ecture . . . "The Government is

making what it feels to be the m ost helpful contribution to the lessening of

in te rra c ia l suspicion, fear, and h o stility ."

At a tim e when throughout a divided world many Foreign M inisters a re

striving for diplomatic solutions, the P rim e M inister is proclaim ing violent

| ra th e r than non-violent solutions.

I The P rim e M inister's extraordinary behaviour is bad enough, but when

coupled to D r. C airns activities in North Vietnam we a re faced with the

sp ectre of A ustralian m in isters creating d istru st with Governments they

recognise.

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In reg ard to D r. C airns frequent incursions into foreign policy arenas our

patience m ust be at an end. The tim e has come to have him disciplined or

dism issed for he obviously cannot be controlled.

The Foreign M inister, Senator W illesee is clearly revealed to be nothing m ore

than a m ere title holder. He should seek to s tr e s s positive solutions to the

w orld’s problem s but instead is being overridden by his colleagues continually

dangerous politicing which has now become a m arked feature of A ustralian

foreign policy.

Decem ber 14, 1973

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