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Wednesday, 26 April 1972
Page: 1356

Senator O'BYRNE asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

In view of the proposal for the Australian Government to conduct naval exercises with Indonesia (a) will the Minister urgently take up with the Indonesian Government the grave allegations in an article in 'The Review' of19th February 1972 which details some of the torture and ill-treatment meted out to political prisoners in Indonesia, and (b) will the Minister make every endeavour to ensure that our Indonesian friends do not continue to lay themselves open to charges thatthey are perpetrating totalitarian type treatment of people whose main crime appears to be that they were or are opposed to the present regime.

Senator WRIGHT - The Minister for Foreign Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(a)   No. The Government does not propose to take up with ' the Indonesian government allegations of 19th February that 3 Indonesians were ill-treated in 1965.

(b)   The Government does not accept the assumptions on which this question is based.

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