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Wednesday, 22 August 1984
Page: 136

Senator TOWNLEY —My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Is the Government aware that Australia has been left out of the friendly nations list as nominated in the Republican Party platform to be approved shortly in Dallas at the Republican Party Convention, whereas four years ago the platform talked warmly about a long friendship and pledged to cultivate and strengthen diplomatic and trade relationships with Australia? Does the Minister admit that this change of attitude is because the United States Administration now judges that Australia has veered too far to the left to be included as an ally of the United States largely due, if I might say so, to the actions and attacks of Mr Hawke's socialist Government? What does the Government intend to do to remedy this most serious matter.?

Senator GARETH EVANS —I have no idea what Australia's standing with the United States Republican Party is. I hope that it is not especially high. However, what I am clear about is that our standing with the United States Government continues to be very high indeed as a response not only to the long history of relationships between our countries, but also to the very close personal and professional relationships that have developed between the senior Ministers and office-holders of both our countries. I will refer the honourable senator's question to the Minister for such further answer as he may care to make to what is a both provocative and nonsensical question.