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Tuesday, 30 March 1971

Senator CAVANAGH (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs whether Australia is a party to a secret agreement between the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Canada for co-operation in military research and development? ls the agreement known as the Technical Co-operation Programme? Who signed the agreement on behalf of Australia? Does the agreement provide that the parties may establish their own security forces in another country which is party to the agreement for the purpose of its own security? If so, may a foreign security force take action in another country which is a party to the agreement without reference to the laws or procedure of the country concerned? Are persons from another country employed in Australia under the Technical Co-operation Programme extended the privileges and immunities of the International Organisations (Privileges and Immunities) Act, which is Act No. 50 of 1963?

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