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Monday, 24 May 1965

Senator COHEN (VICTORIA) - Has the Leader of the Government in the Senate noted a statement made at the weekend by LT Thant, the Secretary-General, that the United Nations was being bypassed in relation to some recent international disputes? Has the Minister also noted the statement make last week by Sir Alan Watt, the Director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs to the International Co-operation Year convention in Canberra that Australia could raise the Vietnam issue before the United Nations under Article 35 of the Charter? Is not the Australian Government, by its decision to send combat troops to Vietnam, guilty of bypassing the United Nations and therefore of doing less than its utmost to achieve a round table conference on Vietnam? Are the Parliament and the people of Australia to assume that the Government is prepared to do nothing at all to assist in having this matter raised before the United Nations?

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