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Friday, 6 December 1985
Page: 3174


Senator CRICHTON-BROWNE —My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. It is neither a dorothy dixer nor a rhetorical question, but one attempting to elicit intelligent information. I refer the Minister to a question that was raised with him yesterday by Senator McIntosh in respect of the Antarctic Treaty. That question related to consideration in the United Nations of the Antarctic Treaty and a number of resolutions that were carried-three, as I recall. As I recall the answer to the question by Senator Evans it was that the Government was satisfied with the resolutions that were carried in the United Nations. One of those was that South Africa be excluded from the Antarctic meetings. I ask: Was that one of the resolutions that he found satisfactory? If so, does he not agree that the role of South Africa, in view of its financial and physical participation in the Antarctic region and particularly in view of the minerals regime, the environmental considerations and all other activities being undertaken by the consultative members, is intrinsic and vital to ensuring a proper resolution in the Antarctic to matters such as the minerals regime and environmental considerations?


Senator GARETH EVANS —I think Mr Hayden has already received that question from the South African Embassy, but I am not sure. I will check with him and ensure that Senator Crichton-Browne gets an answer as soon as possible.