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Wednesday, 30 August 1972
Page: 531

Senator MULVIHILL - I direct a further question to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. In view of his earlier concern about the political situation existing in Hungary, how would he explain to the venerable Cardinal whom he quoted how Australia justifies widening commercial interests with Hungary in view of the fears regarding the political situation existing in that country? Does it not reek of expediency?

Senator WRIGHT -In all charity, I think most people would regard it as immature today to suggest that Australia should not conduct trade with communist countries.

Senator Mulvihill - That is a double standard, Senator.

Senator WRIGHT - In fact,I am reminded as I hear the interjection, that the Australian Labor Party is seeking to make a great feature out of the fact that it would go so far as to sacrifice friends in the Pacific - Taiwan and others - to obtain recognition from the People's Republic of China. The Labor Party would have most of the Australian electorate believe that one of the large benefits that would come from that course is trade. I suggest to the honourable senator that we have passed the stage where Australia is so immature as not to conduct trading relations on a commercial basis with communist countries.

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