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Wednesday, 21 August 1985
Page: 83


Senator SIBRAA —Has the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs seen Press reports from Capetown that Mr Ian Macphee, the Opposition foreign affairs spokesman, told Dr Craven, the Chairman of the South African Rugby Board, that no Australian government, either Labor or Liberal, would ever allow rugby to be played between the Wallabies and the Springboks? Is the Minister encouraged that on this important issue of sporting links with South Africa a genuine bipartisan policy now appears to be emerging?


Senator GARETH EVANS —Mr Macphee's statement, if he does in fact speak for the Opposition parties, is a very welcome contribution to bipartisanship in an area where bipartisanship is crucial if Australia is to maintain maximum effective pressure on South Africa to change its disgraceful and contemptible apartheid regime. If, however, as I suspect may be the case, Mr Macphee's views prove not to be in accordance with those currently prevailing in the Opposition parties, I am happy to advise him, as I have in the past, that if he wants a more receptive environment for his own basically humane and decent views of the world, providing he complies with certain formalities we would be only too happy to give him an open clearance to the Labor Party at any time.