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Wednesday, 1 December 1976
Page: 3093

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(   1 ) Is it in keeping with Australia's obligations under the United Nations' sanctions for a Member or officials of the Australian Government to visit Southern Rhodesia.

(2)   On what date did the Member for Bradfield leave Australia to travel to the Inter-Parliamentary Union Conference in Madrid.

(3)   On what dates did the Member enter and leave Southern Rhodesia.

(4)   On what date and by what means did the Government learn, as the Acting Minister wrote to me on 7 October 1 976, that the Member would be visiting Southern Rhodesia.

(5)   On what type of passport or travel document did the Member travel to Southern Rhodesia (Hansard, 7 October 1976, page 1619).

Mr Peacock - The answer to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

(1)   In compliance with Australia's obligation under the United Nations Security Council resolutions, successive Australian Governments have adhered to a policy of refraining from all official dealings with the Rhodesian regime. It would, therefore, not seem to be in keeping with such a policy for Ministers or members of the Commonwealth Public Service to visit Southern Rhodesia in any official capacity. This does not mean, however, that backbench members of any party in the Parliament, acting in their personal capacity, should not visit Southern Rhodesia to gain information on the situation there;

(2)   9September1976;

(3)   14 September- 15 September 1976;

(4)   Mr Connollyadvised my office in person on 6 September 1976;

(   5 ) Ordinary Australian passport.

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