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Thursday, 24 August 1972
Page: 380

Senator YOUNG (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I ask the AttorneyGeneral: Having in mind the blatant acts of racial discrimination by Uganda against Asians, will the Australian Government give an assurance that any sporting team from Uganda visiting this country will be given protection against racial demonstrators in an endeavour to avoid another Springbok demonstration and clearly show that the Government and great majority of people in Australia will not accept the mixing of politics with sport?

Senator GREENWOOD (VICTORIA) (Attorney-General) - I think it was Madame Roland who lamented during the French Revolution: 'O Liberty, what crimes are done in thy name!' (Opposition senators interjecting)


Senator GREENWOOD - Question time in this place is either a time when questions can be answered or a lime when the bedlam of the Australian Labor Party can take over.

Senator Hannan - I rise to order. Owing to the bedlam emanating from honourable senators opposite I have been unable to hear the answer given by the Minister. I wonder whether it could be repeated?

The ACTING PRESIDENT- Order! Once again I remind honourable senators that they must listen to questions and answers in silence. Otherwise they cannot be heard.

Senator GREENWOOD - I had been saying that it was during the French Revolution that Madame Roland said: 'O Liberty, what crimes are committed in thy name!' Having regard to recent events one could say that many crimes are being committed in the name of racism. This is one of the problems which the world has to face. Double standards are everywhere to be seen. I am quite sure that the view which the Australian Government has taken consistently is the only view which provides certainty in a difficult world. The Australian view has always been that its doors are open to those who are invited in the name of sport and in the name of culture to come into this country. It was the view which the Government took with regard to invitations extended to South African rugby players and to South African cricket players. It was the view which the Government took when invitations were extended to basketball teams from Taiwan and table tennis teams from China. It is the view that the Government has always taken when an invitation has been extended to soccer players from Russia or to those engaged in cultural activities from Iron Curtain countries. I know that members of the Opposition, who are making an awful lot of noise at the moment, would have some sort of selective inclusion and exclusion and that is always liable to cause trouble. I repeat that the view of the Government has been to say that if people in Australia want to extend invitations to people from outside this country, those invitations will be honoured. I am quite sure that this will be the view that the Government will continue to observe in the future.

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