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Thursday, 28 November 1974
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Senator CARRICK (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and is supplementary to the one asked by Senator Webster regarding the wave of mass executions in Ethiopia. I ask: Does the Australian Government recognise the new regime in Ethiopia as the de facto government of that country? Has the Australian Ambassador in his responsibilities for Ethiopia visited Addis Ababa or any other part of that country since the coup? If so, has he contacted the new regime? In view of the present tragic mass executions in Ethiopia and the foreshadowing of further mass executions, why is our representative, as I understand it, now in Australia and not in Ethiopia? Why has the Australian Government failed to register its protest directly to the new regime? In view of the report that the former Emperor and other members of the deposed Government are in imminent danger of execution, will the Government take immediate action to get its message, if it can do so, directly to the Ethiopian regime and, apart from the steps indicated by the United Nations, attempt to organise urgent intervention by the United Nations?

Senator WILLESEE -I do not know the details sought in the earlier parts of the question. I will find them out for the honourable senator. He referred to our representative being in Australia.

Senator Carrick - Did you not say that in your earlier answer?

Senator WILLESEE -No. He is stationed in Nairobi.

Senator Carrick - I know. I thought you said he was back in Australia.

Senator WILLESEE - Well, if I did I apologise. I certainly did not mean to say it. The point I want to make is that because we do not have direct representation in Addis Ababa it was better to take this up in New York where we would get more direct contact. Several points are involved in the question. I will have a look at them and if there are any that 1 have missed I will find out the details from my Department and give them to the honourable senator.

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