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Thursday, 30 September 1971
Page: 1824

Dr Everingham (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

Has the Government opposed the call of the United Nations to governments to boycott racially selected international sporting teams.

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

In the General Assembly last year, Australia voted against a resolution which requested all states and organisations to 'suspend cultural, educational, sporting, and other exchanges', with South Africa as well as to terminate diplomatic, consular and other official relations and economic and technical co-operation with that country. Since then Australia has stressed to the United Nations Special Committee on Apartheid, the Government's abhorrence of apartheid and its disappointment over the South African Government's refusal to agree to the inclusion of nonwhites in its cricket team whose projected visit to Australia has now been cancelled.

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