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Thursday, 17 August 1972
Page: 157

Senator WRIEDT (TASMANIA) - Does the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs recall his statement yesterday welcoming advice as to any statement made by the Australian Labor Party calling on China to refrain from nuclear testing? Is he aware that the Federal Executive of the Australian Labor Party on 5th July of this year carried a motion which amongst other things called on all governments to abandon the testing of nuclear weapons? If he is not aware of that motion, will he now concede that the Australian Labor Party does not discriminate in its condemnation of nuclear testing by any nation?

Senator WRIGHT - -I said yesterday that 1 had no information whatever on any Labor spokesman or parliamentarian cri ticising China for its conduct of nuclear tests. The honourable senator would have had an opportunity to show me the context before he quoted one statement from what purports to be a record issuing from the Australian Council of Trade Unions on 5th July. I ask the Senate to mark that date. That signifies to me that that was at the height of the controversy with regard to the French tests. Senator Carrick's question yesterday pointedly brought out that all the vehement denigration of the French tests - and the Government condemned them - did not contain one word directed specifically to the Chinese tests.

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