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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3171

Dr Everingham asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 1 S May 1 980:

(   1 ) Has his Department advised the Australian Broadcasting Commisson not to object to Indonesia's refusal to allow (a) Mr J. Coman to fill a vacancy in a longstanding ABC position in Jakarta and ( b ) reporting of events in East Timor.

(2)   Has the ABC also been advised that it should seek Opposition advice or make an independent decision in this matter.

Mr Peacock - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1) (a) No. Indeed, the Australian Embassy, Jakarta has on several occasions made representations to the Indonesian authorities in support of Mr Coman 's visa application. In addition, I have expressed my regret about the Indonesian position in the House and took steps to ensure that the Indonesian Government was aware of my view.


(2)   The ABC makes its own decisions in such matters and is free to seek advice from any source it wishes.

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