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Tuesday, 29 April 1980
Page: 1880

Senator MASON (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. I refer to a news item which appeared in today's Australian in which the President of Iran 's Central Bank is reported to have said that Western trade sanctions would have no effects on Iran because Iran would strengthen its trade links with the Soviet Union. Will the Government carefully consider that point of view and especially assess whether the

United States Government's present policy towards Iran is appropriate? Is it advisable for the Australian Government to follow the United States Government's example? Will the Government now consider adopting different policies, which certainly are possible, such as using its good offices towards the holding of a summit conference between the United States of America and Iran so that they may resolve their differences?

Senator CARRICK - I have not seen the statement in the Press which was referred to. I will seek it out and study it. My understanding is- I think I am right- that the United Nations indicated that certain sanctions should be taken in this regard; that in fact this is not simply an idea of the United States but of a wider comity of nations which believe -

Senator Wriedt - Not the United Nations. Come on! For heaven's sake, get your facts straight.

Senator CARRICK - If I am wrong, I will seek out the information and correct what I have said. Not only America but many countries, individually and I think collectively, have believed that sanctions should be applied, particularly in the non-food area. Continuous dialogues are going on between Australia and America and other countries, all aimed at holding discussions, all aimed at seeking solutions. I will refer Senator Mason's question to the Minister concerned.

Senator MASON - I wish to ask a supplementary question, Mr President. I press the final part of my question. Will the Government consider using its good offices towards the holding of a summit conference- and I mean a summit conference- between the United States and Iran so that they may resolve their differences?

Senator CARRICK - I said that I would direct that part of the question to the attention of the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

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