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Thursday, 26 February 1959


Mr CAIRNS (YARRA, VICTORIA) - Does the Minister for External Affairs consider that the statement made by the Prime Minister on Tuesday that Australia wants a say in any agreement about the future of West New Guinea a very important matter? If so, why was it not included in the joint statement made by the Minister for External Affairs and the Indonesian Foreign Minister? Can the right honorable gentleman take comfort from the probability that his blunder in this matter is no greater than that of the Prime Minister in relation to the Suez crisis?







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