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Tuesday, 12 September 1972
Page: 1119


Mr McMAHON (Lowe) (Prime Minister) - Mr Speaker, the outrage by terrorists at the Olympic Games in Munich is still very much in our minds.


Mr SPEAKER -Order! Does the Prime Minister wish to make a statement by leave?


Mr McMAHON - Yes.


Mr SPEAKER -Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.


Mr McMAHON - The outrage by terrorists at the Olympic Games in Munich is still very much in our minds. We share the grief which swept the whole world at the barbarous acts of terrorism which led to the death of members of the Israeli team.

On behalf of the Government and the Australian people I have already sent a message of sympathy to the Prime Minister of Israel and to the Israeli people. It is with sadness and with heartfelt sympathy for those who have suffered so much that I submit to the House the following motion:

That this House expresses its horror and shock at the violence which was perpetrated upon competitors and officials at Munich and which threatened to destroy the spirit of the 1972 Olympic Games. The House extends its deepest sympathies to the families and relatives of the deceased, and calls upon all countries which participated in the Games to preserve this unique institution from attacks on its competitors and its ideals.

In doing this, Mr Speaker, I express the hope that acts of terrorism can be contained by constructive international efforts.







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