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Wednesday, 15 September 1971
Page: 1398

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

Are (a) the Spratly Islands or (b) the Paracel Islands part of the territory of (i) any party to the South-East Asia Collective Defence Treaty or (ii) any Stale or territory which the parties have designated.

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

As indicated in my answer to the honourable member's question No. 3670, sovereignty over these islands is undetermined and claimed by a number of Stales.

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