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Tuesday, 28 April 1987
Page: 1931

(Question No. 1616)

Senator Vallentine asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on l8 February 1987:

(1) Which countries have been invited to send warships to take part in the Bicentennial celebrations in Australia in 1988.

(2) Which ports will they be visiting around Australia.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Nations invited to send a warship, or warships, to Australia to participate in the Bicentennial International Naval Review to be held in Sydney on 1 October 1988 are Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, People's Republic of China, Fiji, France, Federal Republic of Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, Yugoslavia.

To date, the following nations have accepted- Belgium, India, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, United States of America.

To date, the following nations have indicated they are unable to attend- Brunei, Canada, Federal Republic of Germany, The Philippines, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, Yugoslavia.

Apart from the International Naval Review, invitations have not been extended for warship participation in other Bicentennial celebrations.

(2) The invitation has been issued to visiting nations for participation in the International Naval Review only. Other ports to be visited will depend upon the requirements decided by the invited nations. As yet no indications have been received from any nation concerning their intentions.