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Thursday, 12 November 1959

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask a question of the acting Minister for External Affairs. How does the honorable gentleman justify the recent vote of the Australian delegate in the Fourth Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations on the subject of South-West Africa? Does Australia, as a country which itself holds more than one trust territory, believe, in defiance of the rulings of the World Court in 1950, that South-West Africa should not be regarded as a trust territory, or is the vote to be explained by the fact that Australia approves of South Africa's introduction of apartheid and other policies in its trust territory?

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