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Thursday, 22 October 1970


Mr LYNCH (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) (Minister Assisting the Treasurer) - In dealing with applications from persons seeking to enter Australia and who are the holders of Rhodesian passports or who are persons ordinarily resident in Rhodesia but who travel on other passports, the policy of the Australian Government has been to take a stand which is in every way consonant wilh the resolutions of the Security Council of the United Nations. The 2 applications to which the honourable gentleman referred were certainly determined in accordance with that policy and, in fact, after consultation with appropriate departments, the decisions were made by myself. [ might mention that in the case of Mr H. L. Davies, who applied to enter Australia in company with 4 other persons, the purpose of that visit was, as suggested by the honourable member, to attend 2 major international dairy meetings in Australia. The view taken by the Government was that because they were international conferences and because Mr Davies would have been travelling as part of a Rhodesian delegation, clearly such a visit in those terms would not have been consistent with Australia's obligations under the United Nations resolution.

Mr GarfieldTodd applied for permission to visit Australia in order to attend and address the Federal Conference of the Churches of Christ and also the World Convention of the Churches of Christ which are being held in Australia this month. Mr Todd, I understand was the first vice- - president of the World Convention of the Churches of Christ body and his visit here was taken to be a personal visit not entailing any official governmental connotations. I might also add for the information of the honourable gentleman that Mr Garfied Todd travels on a New Zealand passport, and therefore the basis of determination in his case was seen as different because of the variation in relation to separate sections of the resolution dealing with persons who are ordinarily resident in Rhodesia but who travel on other passports. I hope that from what 1 have said the honourable gentleman will see that these cases are different in type and that the decisions which were made were fully in accord with Australia's obligations under the resolutions of the Security Council of the United Nations.







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