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Thursday, 2 December 1971
Page: 3982

Mr WHITLAM (Werriwa) (Leader of the Opposition) - A couple of Ministers have misrepresented me during question time and I wish to make a personal explanation.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr N. H. Bowen) said that my Party had downgraded the ANZUS Treaty at its last Federal Conference at Launceston in June. The term has been used once before in the House - 2 months ago, on 7th October, which the honourable gentleman will recall was 2 days after his speech to the American-Australian Association in New York. Since he was not in the House I give horn the benefit of believing that he is not acquainted with my explanation on that occasion. At' that time I pointed out:

At the last Federal Conference of my Party in June, the brief reference to ANZUS in the Party's platform was restated in a fuller form and in a more prominent position. It used to appear half way down the 2-page foreign affairs platform of the Party. It now appears in the fourth sentence under the overriding principles of foreign policy to which my Party subscribes. The fuller form now adopted is:

The Labor Party seeks close and continuing co-operation with the people of the United States and New Zealand to make the ANZUS Treaty an instrument for justice and peace and political, social and economic advancement in the Pacific area.

On the same occasion I pointed out that the ANZUS Treaty refers not only to peace but also, in its very first article, to justice. The Minister for Education and Science -

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