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Tuesday, 29 October 1974
Page: 2028

Senator GREENWOOD -Is the AttorneyGeneral aware of the demonstrations and intimidation to which the South African golfer, Gary Player, was subjected during a golf tournament in Sydney last Saturday and Sunday? Is it proper that the rights of a defenceless visitor to this country or the rights of the many people who want to watch the spectacle should be denied by the licence of a few persons? Is not conduct of this character to be condemned and discouraged? Will the Attorney-General make such condemnation?

Senator MURPHY - I have seen a report in the newspapers about this matter. To be frank, I have not followed it very closely, but I understand that there were some demonstrations when the South African golfer was playing. It is, of course, regrettable if any person is subjected to any kind of harassment. One can understand the motives of those who are objecting to the carrying on of sporting activities by South Africans. South Africa has been condemned by resolutions of the United Nations. We have referred previously to the resolutions in the General Assembly and the Security Council, I think, which said that all sporting and cultural activities ought to be cut off with any country which was practising apartheid. The United Nations was very firm about this and, I understand, repeated it. It is understandable that people around the world would wish to manifest their disapproval in accordance with the United Nations resolutions. It is regrettable if this means in practice that individuals will be subjected to any kind of harassment. The real answer to this matter is for South Africa to cease to practise policies which have been condemned by the whole world as a violation of human rights and a degradation of the human race. One should compare this regrettable practice of harassment with what is being done in South Africa where there is an appalling violation of human rights. I would like the Deputy Leader of the Opposition to join me in condemning what has been occuring in South Africa for many years and what is still occuring.

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