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Tuesday, 23 March 1965
Page: 38


Senator GORTON (VICTORIA) (Minister for Works) - Coming to the basis of the question, let me say that I did notice the newspaper report to which the honorable senator has referred. It was to the effect, I .think, that the Mayor of Perth had' raised some objections to meeting and extending normal courtesies to certain visitors from Indonesia. I read another statement in a newspaper, attributed to Mr. Chaney, the Minister for the Navy, to the effect that he was most disturbed by this and that he would be willing to extend to the Indonesian visitors the kind of courtesy and treatment to which the honorable senator has referred.

I can only express my agreement, and I believe the agreement of the Government, with the Minister's attitude. However strongly we may inform the Indonesian Government that we object to confrontation and to the invasion of a neighbour, it would be silly if this objection were allowed to extend in any way so as to prevent the flow of information and friendship between individuals in Indonesia and individuals in Australia, or, indeed, to prevent the provision of assistance to Indonesia's general economic growth, because we will have to live with Indonesia for hundreds of years after this present trouble has blown over.







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