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Tuesday, 12 September 1972
Page: 679

Senator YOUNG (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Is the Minister aware of a Press report by Mr Denis Warner, the well known political correspondent, that Singapore wants the Australian forces to remain in the region and has made this clear to its partners? Does this not show clearly that it is hoped Australia will continue to accept its responsibility in this region?

Senator WRIGHT - Yes, I have noticed the article by Mr Denis Warner. I remind the Senate that when the Prime Minister visited Singapore in June last the importance of the S-power arrangements to that area was emphasised both by him and the Prime Minister of Singapore. Those arrangements are working very well and Australia regards their continuance to be of real importance. Of course, Australia will honour her obligations with regard to them. Australia sees them as significant, not only because of the present disposition of troops there, aiding the country at the present time, but also because they indicate a long term contribution to peace in the area.

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