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Wednesday, 6 July 1949

Mr SPENDER - Has the Minister for External Affairs received any approaches from the Republic of the Philippines in relation to the creation of a Pacific defence pact? I draw attention to recent statements that have been made on this subject by the president of the republic. If the right honorable gentleman has not received any proposals, have any steps been initiated by the Australian Government with the Government of the Philippines or any other governments that have interests in the Pacific area for the purpose of creating such a pact? If so, what has been the nature of those steps?

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