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Wednesday, 1 June 1960

Mr HOWSE (CALARE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Acting Minister for External Affairs. Is it a fact that the Indonesian Foreign Minister has publicly stated that he intends to find out whether the call of the Netherlands aircraft carrier " Karel Doorman " at Fremantle means a change in Australia's attitude on Dutch New Guinea? If so, will the Government assure the Indonesian Government that Australia offers, under international law, refuelling and provisioning facilities to any nation that sends a warship here and that this should not be interpreted as meaning that Australia is responsible for, or necessarily in sympathy with, the movements of the warships of that foreign nation? In fact, H.M.A.S. " Melbourne " is paying an official visit to Djakarta. Will the Government state that Australia's policy on West New Guinea has not changed?

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