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Thursday, 27 March 1980
Page: 1077

Senator WATSON (TASMANIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. No doubt the Government is aware of reports from Pakistan that aid is urgently required for the Afghan rebels facing an estimated 100,000 Russian troops in Afghanistan's eastern provinces. What action has the Government taken to provide medical and nonmilitary help to the injured and homeless in both Afghanistan and Pakistan as a result of the atrocities?

Senator CARRICK -I have no doubt that my colleague in another place, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, can respond in terms of what aid is being marshalled for the refugees who cross the border into Pakistan in particular. I am not aware whether it is possible to provide medical and non-military help within Afghanistan at the moment. I am also not aware what movement, free or otherwise, there is within that State. I had better refer the question to the Minister and seek further information.

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