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Tuesday, 8 May 1973
Page: 1752

Mr ANTHONY - I again address a question to the Prime Minister. In view of his rather slick answer in which he said that his Government would take the same action as his predecessors took relating to the ban placed on French ships by the Seamen's Union of Australia, I inform the Prime Minister that the previous Government supported protests and condemned the action of the Seamen's Union to such a point that the union withdrew the ban. I now ask the Prime Minister: Do I take it that his Government also condemns the action of the Seamen's Union and that it will take action similar to that of the previous Government?

Mr WHITLAM - As I understand it, there is no difference between members of the parties in this House concerning the French nuclear tests in the atmosphere. Our predecessors raised the matter in the United Nations General Assembly, with our approbation and support. I am happy to see that yesterday the Leader of the Opposition received a call from the French Ambassador on the same subject.

Mr Snedden - As a matter of fact, I have not yet.

Mr WHITLAM - I thought I read that you had. jMr Snedden - It will be on Wednesday. j

Mr WHITLAM - I applaud the fact that the 2 gentlemen are meeting on this subject. There should be no impression given within Australia or outside that any members of the Australian House of Representatives are wavering in their opposition to these tests. My memory is that the previous Government did nothing about the union bans associated with this matter. My previous answer stands. I will amplify it, however, by quoting the right honourable gentleman: 'We will not sell our soul for trade'.

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