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Thursday, 10 March 1966

Mr HASLUCK - I used the term " de facto " perhaps a little loosely. What 1 wanted to convey was that the government which is actually exercising authority in Algeria is the one with which the Australian Government must have dealings. In fact, it is the only one with which we can have dealings. There has been a change of government in Algeria. We do not have diplomatic relations with that country.

Mr Whitlam - Does the Minister mean that we do not have representatives accredited to Algeria?

Mr HASLUCK - We have not. We are fellow members with Algeria in the United Nations and -

Mr Calwell - To what extent does the Australian Government recognise it?

Mr HASLUCK - We recognise the existence of Algeria as an independent State with a government which the people of Algeria apparently want.

Mr Whitlam - Does the Australian Government recognise the Boumedienne Government?

Mr HASLUCK - The Boumedienne Government is in control in Algeria and it is the only one with which we can have dealings, if we do have dealings with Algeria.

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