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Thursday, 29 September 1949

Mr ADERMANN (MARANOA, QUEENSLAND) - The Minister for External Affairs, on behalf of Australia, has concurred with other associated countries in the United Nations in the universal Declaration of Human Rights. Will the right honorable gentleman inform me whether such a commitment requires parliamentary ratification? If the answer is in the affirmative, what does the Government intend to do in that direction? What obligations, if any, rest on Australia as a consequence of the declaration, particularly to the aborigines of this country ? If no further action is contemplated, are we to regard such action through the United Nations as merely a pious declaration to be carried out by those who feel disposed to do so ?

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