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Thursday, 31 August 1972
Page: 1115


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   What has been the date, nature and outcome of negotiations with the Netherlands concerning jurisdiction over Dutch East India Company wrecks in the Indian Ocean.

(2)   On what occasions and aspects iia* the Western Australian Government been involved in the negotiations.


Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) The draft of an agreement on the transfer of title in former Dutch East India Company wrecks off the coast of Western Australia from the Netherlands Government to the Australian Government was forwarded to The Hague in October 1971. Negotiations have continued since then and it is hoped the agreement will be signed shortly. The Western Australian authorities have been fully consulted throughout the negotiations.







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