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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 452

Mr Holding asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 22 May 1980:

(   1 ) Has Chief Gatza Buthelezi of South Africa been issued with any travel documents by the Australian Government to allow him to enter Australia for the purpose of attending the Second World Wilderness Conference in Cairns, Queensland, in June 1980; if so (a) what type of travel documents were issued and (b) for what period were they issued.

(2)   Does the Government's foreign policy extend to the recognition of the South African homelands; if so, why.

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

(1)   Chief Gatza Buthelezi did not apply to enter Australia to attend the Second World Wilderness Congress.

(2)   Australia, along with the rest of the international community, has not recognised the 'homelands' created by the South African Government (to date, those declared 'independent' are Transkei, Venda and Bophuthatswana). The Government believes that to grant recognition to the 'homelands' would be to condone the apartheid system and to accord it an unjustified respectability. The rejection by the majority of the homeland leaders themselves of the policy strengthens our view that the grant of nominal independence to the homelands will not meet the political aspirations of the black people of South Africa.

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