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Tuesday, 29 April 1969

Senator MURPHY - My question is directed to the Leader of the Government. I refer to the answer he gave to Senator Georges about self-determination and the opportunity for the inhabitants of West Irian to exercise freedom of choice on the question of whether they wish to remain with Indonesia or to sever their ties with that country. I also refer to his answer that the Government was satisfied that Indonesia was honourably carrying out the arrangements. Will the Minister tell us what has been done by the Indonesian Government which satisfies the Australian Government? Will he tell us what has been done beyond the consultations, or Musjawarah, which are provided for in the agreement - that is, the consultations with the representative councils on procedures and appropriate methods to be followed for ascertaining the freely expressed will of the population? Will he tell us what has been done that satisfies the Australian Government that in fact there is to be a formulation of the questions in such a way as to permit the inhabitants to decide? What has been done to comply wilh that specific provision of the arrangement - which I have before me and which the Minister may see - which provides for eligibility of all adults, male and female, not foreign nationals, to participate in the act of self-determination to be carried out in accordance with international practice? There is in the agreement a reference also to those who departed and came back. Will the Minister tell us what there is that satisfies the Australian Government that those arrangements are being honourably carried out?

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