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Wednesday, 8 November 1967

Mr ST JOHN (WARRINGAH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Minister for External Affairs. He is aware, of course, that the year 1968 has been designated by the General Assembly of the United Nations as International Human Rights Year, and he has been informed, I believe, of the formation of an Australian National Committee for Human Rights Year under the sponsorship of the United Nations Association of Australia to organise suitable means of celebration of Human Rights Year in various ways throughout Australia. Is the Minister aware that the Governments of the United Kingdom and of Canada, amongst others, have already decided to participate in the celebration of Human Rights Year and to extend financial support amounting in the case of Canada to some $Can250,000? Has the Minister received a request from the Australian Committee for Human Rights Year to provide financial and other assistance for the same purpose in Australia? Will the Government favourably consider that request in order to enable Australia, as a member nation of the United Nations, to play its part appropriately in the celebration of International Human Rights Year?

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