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Tuesday, 11 December 1973
Page: 4580

Mr McLeay asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   Why does the Government use the term Namibia in referring to South West Africa?

(2)   Are there any Namibian people and is there any such race, culture or nation?

(3)   Is it a fact that the Ovambo people comprise nearly half the population of the region and regard the area as Ovamboland?

(4)   Is Ovamboland a self-governing territory?

(5)   If not, what is the function of the Legislative Council and Executive Council in Oshakate?

(6)   Does the term Namibia have any significance to the people of South West Africa?

(7)   If not, why does the Australian Government continue to use the word?

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

The Australian Government refers to the territory formerly known as South West Africa as Namibia in accordance with United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2372 (XXII) of 12 June 1968 which proclaimed that henceforth the territory shall be known by that name.

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