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Wednesday, 16 March 1966

Mr HASLUCK (CURTIN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for External Affairs) - I assume that the honorable member is referring to those nations, such as the Baltic States, which were totally absorbed within the Soviet Union something over 15 years ago. References in the United Nations of recent years have mainly taken place in the course of debate and have arisen in various forms. Whenever the opportunity for debate has arisen the Australian delegates have, of course, made clear their view that the human rights and liberties and the rights of self determination that are advocated on behalf of peoples elsewhere should also apply to peoples in these former nations. I think as a matter of reality I should express my own view - I think it is a sober assessment - that there is not the least prospect of getting a majority in any assembly of the United Nations, today to vote by way of condemnation of the Soviet Union or for changing the present situation.

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