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Thursday, 8 September 1949

Dr EVATT - It is extraordinary that a club such as the Dutch Ex-servicemen's Club should have been formed at this time and that it should be active in support of Communist claims in respect of Indonesia. If there are steps that can be taken by the Australian Government politically to enable claims that have been made on the Dutch Government to be paid, that political action will be taken in the ordinary course of events. We shall not be influenced by pressure tactics or by the propaganda of a body such as the Dutch Ex-servicemen's Club, which makes one think that there is probably something sinister behind that organization. The Prime Minister has dealt with the broader issues that have been raised in the honorable member's question.

Mr Hamilton - What about the export of goods to Indonesia from Western Australia?

Dr EVATT - I am not aware of the position in Western Australia, but I shall consult the Minister for Shipping and Fuel in order to ascertain it. The Australian Government has never recognized the ban to which the honorable gentleman has referred as a governmental ban. If goods are here to be handled, so far as the forces of government are concerned they will be handled.

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