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Thursday, 12 May 1960

Sir WILFRID KENT HUGHES (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Acting Minister for External Affairs. In view of the fact that the Russian representative at the United Nations has recently criticized Australia for not having set an exact target date for the granting of independence to New Guinea, will the Minister instruct the Australian representative that on the next occasion when this matter is raised he should inquire from Russia when it proposes to set an exact target date for the restoration of independence to Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Rumania, Ukraine and Bulgaria, just to mention a few of the countries which have been absorbed into Russia's colonial empire since World War II.?

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