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Thursday, 20 March 1980
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Senator BUTTON -I refer the Minister representing the Prime Minister to an article which appeared under the by-line of KingsburySmith, the national editor of the Hearst newspapers, in the San Antonio Light of 26 February 1980. The article reports on an interview between Mr Kingsbury-Smith and the Prime Minister of Australia. In the article, Mr Kingsbury-Smith points out that the Anzus Pact does not refer to the Indian Ocean but to the Pacific area, and that the commitments under the ANZUS pact relate to the Pacific area. Mr Kingsbury-Smith, pointing out that Australia's west coast borders on the Indian Ocean, states:

Fraser made it clear he considers the security zone of the ANZUS pact to extend to that entire ocean right up to the Arabian Sea.

In view of the previous questions I have asked on this matter and the answers which have been given by Senator Durack, I ask whether that is a correct report of what the Prime Minister said.

Senator DURACK -I provided an answer from the Prime Minister to the Senate on Tuesday in relation to a question from Senator Chipp on this matter. I have no particular information to add to that as a result of any light that might be said to have been shed on the matter by this newspaper, the San Antonio Light, from which Senator Button has quoted. I will refer the question to the Prime Minister and endeavour to see whether any further comment is required.

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