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Thursday, 1 April 1971

Senator WRIGHT - The Minister for Foreign Affairs has furnished the following reply:

There have been several aspects of the Refugee Seamen's Agreement of 1957 which has caused us difficulty. For example, the 1957 Agreement required the issue of a travel document in accordance with Article 28 of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and we had entered a reservation against that article. However, we have very recently found it possible to withdraw the reservation so that one difficulty has been removed. The appropriate Commonwealth authorities are now looking at the 1957 Agreement again in the context of possible future accession.

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