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Thursday, 31 August 1972
Page: 586

Senator DEVITT (TASMANIA) - I wish to ask a question of the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts, ls it a fact that at 2 recent international conferences Australia managed to record 2 different votes on the same subject of a 10-year moratorium on the commercial killing of whales? Is it a fact that at the Stockholm Conference on the Environment the Australian delegation, led by Mr Howson, voted for the moratorium and that 3 weeks later at the International Whaling Commission conference in London the Australian delegation, which on that occasion did not include Mr Howson, abstained from voting on the same question? Is it a fact that the vote in Stockholm was contrary to the official brief given to the delegation and that Mr Howson was therefore in error? How did this discrepancy occur?

Senator GREENWOOD - I would like to be able to give the honourable senator the information he seeks, but, frankly, I do not have it. I suggest that he put his question on the notice paper. I am sure that the Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts will be very keen to answer it as soon as he can.

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