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Monday, 21 April 1980
Page: 1590

Senator BISHOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) -My question is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate, who represents the Prime Minister and also the Minister for Foreign Affairs. The Minister will recall that on Thursday I raised with him questions in relation to Iran. I mentioned that the President of the United States of America had been reported as having influenced allies and suggested that they should take stronger action in respect of sanctions, particularly in view of the lack of response on the holding of the hostages in Iran. The Minister will know, of course, that during the weekend that question was reinforced by repeated statements. I ask the Minister whether he has the answers that he promised to get for me on that matter. This matter was also followed up this morning in the Australian, which said that today Cabinet would consider the question of United States pressure for more allied support for what the United States decided would be optimums for sanctions. I ask the Minister whether Cabinet has considered these matters. If so, is there a position that the Government might announce in respect of these matters?

Senator CARRICK - As Senator Bishop acknowledged in his question last week, this is a very serious matter. It is true that Cabinet is in the process of considering the matter. Following the deliberations of Cabinet, I think a statement will be made tomorrow. I will try to get by tomorrow more definite answers to Senator Bishop's previous question.

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