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Friday, 16 August 1974
Page: 1068

Senator Sir MAGNUS CORMACK -I preface my question to the Minister for Foreign Affairs by saying that I have become engrossed in the current speculation that an Australian is a candidate for the presidency of the United Nations. Will the Minister inform me what overtures have been made to the so-called Third World group for support for such candidature? What overtures for such support have been made to the communists and Cominform countries by recognition? Are recent diplomatic and so-called initiatives part of the campaign and do they explain the diplomatic shifts in our foreign policy now observable? Will the Minister agree that this is reminiscent of the Evatt candidature in the late 1940's?

Senator WILLESEE -I am glad that Senator Sir Magnus Cormack has become engrossed in the possibility of an Australian being elected president of the General Assembly next year. No, we have not approached any of those groupings because it would be plain stupid to do it. They do not have a vote.

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