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Wednesday, 3 April 1946

Mr Archie Cameron n asked the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice -

Which government, if any, does the Commonwealth Government recognize . as the Government of the Netherlands East Indies?

Dr Evatt - Australia recognizes the sovereignty in the Netherlands East Indies of the Netherlands Government, which has expressed the view that the peoples of Indonesia should, after a given period, be enabled to act. freely to decide their political destiny. The form of government in the Netherlands East Indies is at present the subject of negotiation between the Dutch and the Indonesians.

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