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Thursday, 14 October 1971
Page: 2457

Mr Everingham (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   b he able to say whether several territories In most continents including the States of Minnesota and the Canadian capital have symbolically declared themselves world territory, some flying the United Nations Sag alongside the national flag, some donating a specified percentage of revenues to United Nations agencies, some issuing world citizenship identity cards to citizens who request them proclaiming their right and intention to vote for the legislative arm of a world disarmament and development authority, and some adopting a twin region on a similar lattitude or longitude for cultural exchanges when both are similarly mondialised.

(2)   Has his attention been drawn to a local press sponsored poll after World War II in the Gosford-Wyong district in which an absolute majority of citizens declared that they, favoured world jurisdiction to take responsibility for international security.

(3)   What diplomatic and other steps has the Government taken to promote international awareness, discussion and acceptance of the principle of the democratic rule of law at supranational level.

Mr Sinclair - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   1 am not able to confirm the taking of action overseas along the lines suggested by the honourable member.

(2)   I do not have readily available any record of such a poll.

(3)   Australia has been a consistent advocate of the importance of maintaining the rule of law in international relations. In this connection. Australia has played an active part in a number of international organisations and conferences concerned with the development of international law.

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