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Tuesday, 27 October 1964
Page: 1275

Senator GORTON - It is undoubtedly true that the Australian Government has by its actions in the United Nations done precisely what Senator Buttfield said it has done. It has paid its full assessments for all peacekeeping operations by the United Nations. It has supplied a police contingent and has recently extended its term, as a part of the peacekeeping force in Cyprus. Also, it was one of the initial signatories of the ban on the testing of atomic bombs. As far as the peace conference in Sydney is concerned, I do not myself believe that the organisers of this conference, the people who will be staffing it and the people who will be, I think, largely responsible for any resolutions it carries, are as interested in obtaining peace as in advancing Communist views. That is my own opinion. It applies to those organising and running the conference, not to all those who are attending it. On the whole, I would agree that as the conference is being held in a country which has taken the lead in international affairs in the way suggested by the honorable senator, nothing is likely to come out of the conference which will really advance the cause of peace in any way.

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