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Tuesday, 23 March 1965
Page: 37

Senator WRIGHT - I ask the Minister representing the Minister for External Affairs whether I am correct in interpreting a news paragraph that appeared in the Press at the weekend to mean that the Mayor of Perth refuses to extend some civic courtesy to a delegation of Indonesian clerics visiting this country. I ask the Minister whether it is considered important, in moulding a. proper relationship between the peoples of this nation and Indonesia, to accord to every section of the Indonesian people who visit this country welcome and understanding and the fullest opportunity to express their views, with a rigid determination on our part to tell their government how we thoroughly condemn confrontation and the way in which that government is allowing Communism to creep into control in Indonesia. With this in view, will the Minister take up this matter to ensure that this delegation will know correctly the attitude of the Australian people and that other delegations will also know as much of Australian friendship as can possibly be absorbed by them here? Will he encourage reciprocal delegations to Indonesia in the same spirit?

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