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Monday, 30 August 1993
Page: 579

(Question No. 230)

Senator Short asked the Minister representing the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Community Services, upon notice, on 19 May 1993:

  Does the department use the umbrella title `Yugoslav' or `Yugoslavia' in official records and publications to also refer to the people of Bosnia and Croatia; if so, does the Government propose to change official use of the word `Yugoslav' in its records and publications to reflect the new countries in south-eastern Europe.

Senator Richardson —The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Community Services and I provide the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  Departmental records and publications are expected to refer to people of foreign countries in accordance with the Australian Government's recognition of foreign states. The Australian Government recognised as independent countries the following republics that were part of the former Yugoslavia:

  Slovenia—16 January 1992

  Croatia—16 January 1992

  Bosnia-Herzegovina—1 May 1992

  It is Government policy that individuals from these countries be referred to by their country name, eg Croatians, and not as `Yugoslavs'.