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Thursday, 10 March 1966

This is the spirit in which the Australian Government has approached the crisis over Rhodesia, where the attempts to promote peaceful and unimpeded progress towards majority rule were interrupted by the unilateral declaration of independence. Australia, in common with the rest of the Commonwealth and virtually the whole of the international community, refused to recognise the regime of Mr. Smith and has cooperated with Britain in the application of economic and financial measures designed to secure a peaceful return to constitutional government. The effect of these measures, we believe, is beginning to be felt and the Government has seen no need to deviate from its view that what is needed in this situation is not the use of force but firm and patient support of the British Government as it seeks to carry out its responsibilities.

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