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Tuesday, 26 September 1972
Page: 1143

Senator MULVIHILL (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct my question to the Attorney-General. In evaluating and responding to the present turmoil amongst the minority of the Croatian community is the Minister motivated in the first instance by the attitude of the Department of Foreign Affairs that the fragmentation of Yugoslavia can only further the foreign policy of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics or, conversely, does he lean to the other view expressed in a statement at the week-end by some honourable senators, that the creation of an independent state of Croatia would be a good thing?

Senator GREENWOOD - I do not subscribe to either view. It may be a liberty which the honourable senator feels he is entitled to have that he can subscribe to either view. My role, as I have been at pains to emphasise over the past week, is that in this area I can only express a judgment on the basis of such evidence as is put to me. On that basis I have no sides in this issue. I am concerned to ascertain where the truth lies in this welter of allegation and counter-allegation. I believe that in those circumstances one must rely upon the evidence and if there is no evidence to support a particular person's viewpoint then one must say so. Whilst that may be unpalatable to some people, I think it is the only proper course to adopt.

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