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Wednesday, 10 October 1973
Page: 1920

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

(1)   Did he say in Canada on 9 August 1973 that, in the United Nations, Australia had voted with Britain, the United States of America, France, South Africa and Portugal against all Australia's neighbours.

(2)   If so, will he enumerate the cases that occurred during the two years prior to 2 December 1972.

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

(1)   During his recent visit to Canada, the Prime Minister made a statement to the general effect that there used to be many cases in the United Nations where Australia voted beside Britain, France, South Africa, Portugal and sometimes the United States and against all of its neighbours.

(2)   The honourable member's attention is directed to pages 103-7 of the Senate Hansard for 22 August 1973. Cases are there cited, for the period November 1971 to 2 December 1972, where Australia voted in the United Nations with Britain, the United States,. France, South Africa and Portugal while Australia's neighbours were on the other side. The following table sets out similar information for the period September to December 1970.




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