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Friday, 11 October 1985
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(Question No. 407)

Senator Puplick asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 20 August 1985:

(1) Was an Australian trade union official interviewed during a `May Day' program on Radio Moscow's short wave `News' service on the 1st of May 1985; if so:

(a) did he purport to speak on behalf of the Australian trade union movement; and

(b) who was the person speaking and in what capacity was he, in fact, visiting Moscow and speaking on the radio program.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Minister for Foreign Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

According to information available, which is based on regular monitoring of all Soviet media, no such interview was broadcast on Radio Moscow on 1 May 1985.