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Tuesday, 20 May 1980
Page: 2883


Mr JARMAN (DEAKIN, VICTORIA) - Can the Minister for Home Affairs inform the House which countries propose to boycott the Olympic Games in Moscow?

Does the Minister regard this as representing an effective boycott of those Games?


Mr ELLICOTT (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Home Affairs) - According to the information that the Government has, at the moment at least 41 countries have either boycotted or are almost certain to boycott the Olympic Games. It is expected that the list will be added to. For the information of honourable members, I would be happy to include in Hansard a copy of the list. Admittedly, some of those countries are small in terms of athletic prowess, but others are very substantial. They include the United States of America, West Germany and Canada.

That represents a very significant part of the Olympic movement and of the competitive capacity in the world in many of the sports at the Olympic Games. That in itself makes the competition in Moscow much less effective. In fact, in Olympic terms, it makes that meeting a nonOlympics. It means that top athletes of the world will not be participating. Such participation was the purpose of the Olympics and still is.

Of particular relevance to Australia is not only that fact but also the fact that included amongst those countries are countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, PapuaNew Guinea, Thailand, China and Fiji, which are within our region. I believe they are countries alongside which Australia would want to stand in relation to a boycott of the Olympic Games.

Some 2 1 other countries will not be attending the Olympics for reasons other than political reasons. I will be happy to include in Hansard a list of those countries also. By the time the period for acceptance of the invitation to participate expires I would expect other countries to be added.

For my own part, I still believe the Australian Olympic Federation will decide to support the boycott and not go to the Olympics. I believe that our. athletics bodies- sports bodies- understand perfectly the reasons which the Government has given for boycotting the Olympics and that they will respond to those reasons when they meet next Friday. I seek leave to incorporate in Hansard the two lists to which I have referred.

Leave granted.

The documents read as follows-

COUNTRIES BOYCOTTING OLYMPIC GAMES ON POLITICAL GROUNDS

Antigua, Argentina, Barbados, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Bolivia, Canada, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Djibouti, Egypt, Fiji, FRG, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Mauritius, Morocco, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, ROK, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Somalia, Sudan, Thailand, United States, Uruguay, Zaire

COUNTRIES WHICH WILL NOT BE REPRESENTED AT OLYMPIC GAMES FOR OTHER THAN POLITICAL REASONS

Albania, Belize, Burma, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, El Salvador, Eq. Guinea, Gambia, Malawi, Maldives, Monaco, Oman, Rwanda, St Lucia, St Vincent, Swaziland, UAE, Uganda, Virgin Is.


Mr ELLICOTT - The longer list sets out those countries which will boycott the Games on political grounds and the other list is a list of those countries which will not be represented at the Games for other than political reasons.







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