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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 943

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON On 8th March 1972 Senator Poyser asked me the following question:

Has the Leader of the Government in the Senate seen reports which state that Australia's Evonne Goolagong is expected to wear a badge classifying her as being an honorary white if she visits South Africa to play tennis in the Federation Cup? Does the Minister believe that this insult to Miss Goolagong and Australian Aborigines is reprehensible? Has the Australian Government submitted a strong protest to the South African Government at this condition imposed on her for her entry into that country?

I said that I had not seen such a statement and therefore could not properly offer a judgment. The Minister for Foreign Affairs has now provided the following answer:

As reported in the press on 8th and 9th March 1972, all players and officials participating in this year's Women's Federation Cup Tennis Tournament in Johannesburg will be supplied wilh badges identifying them as visitors in order to enable Rem to receive VIP treatment. The South African Lawn Tennis Association has denied that it will be obligatory for anyone to wear these badges, or that they classify the wearers as 'honorary whites'. Consequently there does nol appear to be foundation in the allegation that special conditions have been imposed on Miss Goolagong. In these circumstances, the question of a protest to the South African Government does not arise.

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