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Tuesday, 20 November 1973
Page: 1902

Senator CARRICK (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question, which is directed to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, concerns the sanctions on both the volume and price of oil being imposed by the Arab States on importing countries, particularly the Common Market and Japan, and the very drastic consequences to those importing countries of that action? Does he recognise the serious dangers to world peace and to individual living standards inherent in such actions? Does the Government support the use of economic sanctions, often euphemistically called 'resources diplomacy', to achieved political ends? If not, will the Government initiate a resolution at the United Nations condemning this wrong and perilous principle?

Senator WILLESEE -Of course the Government is quite aware of what is going on in the oil world. Because of that, we have appointed a special envoy, Mr Ian Haig, to attend to such matters. He has returned to this country and we are awaiting a report from him. I think that it would be premature to make any decisions or forecasts until we have that report from Mr Haig.

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