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Wednesday, 8 November 1967

Mr HASLUCK - As 1 understand it, the terms to which the honourable member's question refers were contained in a statement made by Mr Goldberg, the United States Ambassador at the United Nations, at a recent meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. My understanding is that the terms were contained in a draft resolution intended to be referred to the Security Council and that the draft resolution was being circulated amongst friendly delegations at the United Nations headquarters in August and September. At that time it was so reported to us and we had the opportunity to comment on it. In the event, this move did not come to fruition because members of the Security Council, without meeting, indicated that they were not willing to take up the resolution.

Mr Whitlam - Did our delegation indicate our support?

Mr HASLUCK - I do not intend to disclose to the House and I do not think it would be proper to disclose to the House the course of conversations that take place in normal diplomatic interchange. Perhaps in the remote future some honourable members opposite may realise the reason for this, if they achieve office. If one begins to disclose private conversations, private conversations cease. But I will say this: There is nothing in the terms of this draft resolution which*-

Dr J F Cairns (YARRA, VICTORIA) - What does the-

Mr Bryant - Do you support it?

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member for Yarra will cease interjecting. The honourable member for Wills has asked his question and he, too, will cease interjecting.

Mr HASLUCK - There is nothing in the text of the draft resolution which causes concern or difficulty, to the Australian Government.

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