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Tuesday, 30 November 1971
Page: 3797

Mr JARMAN (DEAKIN, VICTORIA) - My question is addressed to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and is supplementary to the question asked by the honourable member for Holt. Has the fighting on the IndiaPakistan border in any way interfered with aid from Australia getting through to the Pakistani refugees?

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - So far, the fighting which has taken place has not interfered with the aid which Australia is sending to the refugees who have moved from Pakistan into India. However, there has been some interruption to the aid of a humanitarian character which we were giving to people in need in East Pakistan. The port facilities and also the question of transport and the control which was to be exercised by United Nations Organisation officers operating on behalf of the SecretaryGeneral have been subject to difficulty and there has been interruption in that quarter.

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