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Wednesday, 20 September 1972
Page: 993

Senator MULVIHILL (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Firstly, if a break up of the present People's Republic of Yugoslavia occurs, as is sought by a minority of Croatians in Australia, would not a logical by-product be that the Russian fleet could have unlimited access to Rijeka and other Adriatic ports? Secondly, would not the present power balance between NATO and Warsaw nations be dangerously disturbed?

Senator WRIGHT - I think it is appropriate that I should observe that the question does raise in each of its branches a factor of real importance in international affairs. I think it deserves more consideration than I could give in an impromptu answer. I will refer it to my colleague and will get the honourable senator the earliest answer that is available.

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