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Wednesday, 10 October 1973
Page: 1820

Mr JAMES (HUNTER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Prime Minster and it is in connection with Australian volunteers for the war in the Middle East. Is the Prime Minister aware that certain Australian nationals have expressed a desire to volunteer to go to the Middle East to assist or fight on the side of one of the warring nations in that tragic war now taking place? Will the Prime Minister use any power at his disposal to prevent any Australian nationals leaving this country to take part on either side of the warring factions in the Middle East?

Mr WHITLAM - When Australian citizens seek, passports they do not have to state the purpose for which they seek them, and I do not propose to institute any system of requiring information about the purpose for which a passport is about to be used. To take the specific instance mentioned, I do not propose to require persons who are seeking passports or who are leaving the country and who do not need any other documentation, to give undertakings or answer questions about whether they are going to any of the belligerent countries in the Middle East.

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