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Tuesday, 23 September 1958

Dr EVATT (BARTON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister acting for the Minister for External Affairs a question. I pursue the question I addressed to the Minister last week, in which I suggested that Australia should consider the advisability of approaching the General Assembly of the United Nations to seek a cease fire order in relation to the off-shore Chinese islands. Any of the 81 nations belonging to the United Nations can seek such an order, which is usually granted as a matter of course if there is fighting or threats of fighting. The issue concerning these islands is clouded and affected both by fighting and threats of fighting, in which quite a few powers are concerned. This is a matter of grave urgency. The world is awaiting some action. Can the Minister now answer the question that I asked last week?

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