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Tuesday, 22 August 1972
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Senator McMANUS - I direct my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Will the Minister take note that at meetings and demonstrations throughout Australia the gravest possible concern is being expressed by migrants to this country from behind the Iron Curtain at a revival, instigated by the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, of a system' of repression, tyranny and deprivation of human rights such as one had hoped would have disappeared to some degree in those countries? Will the Minister make available details of the recent trials of intellectuals, writers and others, particularly in the Baltic countries, in the Ukraine, and especially in Czechoslovakia where it is being freely said today that liberty has been destroyed completely?

Senator WRIGHT - I certainly take note of what Senator McManus has said andean assure him that the position is being closely Watched, especially in relation to the prosecutions that have been taking place recently, after such a long delay, in Czechoslovakia. This situation is entirely foreign to our system of trial and prosecution, and is one which I think anyone would agree makes an assault' upon the fundamental human rights of people affected by those prosecutions.

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