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Wednesday, 23 October 1974
Page: 1922


Senator Greenwood asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(   1 ) Did the Prime Minister inform the President of the Council of the Lithuanian Community in Australia prior to the election of 18 May 1974, that his Government did not intend to alter the policy of previous Governments with respect to recognition of the incorporation of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia into the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

(2)   Has the Australian Government now legally recognised the incorporation of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia into the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

(3)   If the answer to (2) is in the affirmative is this recognition a repudiation of the promise made to the President of the council of Lithuanian Communities in Australia.

(4)   What, specifically, was the reason for this repudiation.

(5)   Why has the Government now recognised the incorporation of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia into the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics when, prior to 1 8 May 1 974, it was stating that it would not recognise such incorporation.


Senator Murphy - The Prime Minister has provided the following information for answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   No.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   and (4) There was no promise. The matter of repudiation does not arise.

(5)   See the Foreign Minister's answer on 13 August (Senate Hansard page 781) and my answer on 15 October (House of Representatives Hansard, page 2278). The honourable senator will know, as I pointed out on 15 October (page 2286), that 8 years ago the Leader of the Opposition, when Attorney-General, clearly accepted the fact that Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania had ceased to exist as separate sovereign states.







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