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Wednesday, 27 September 1972
Page: 1196

Senator DRURY (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - 1 ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs: What is the position of Australian citizens now living in Uganda? Will the Minister inform the Senate what steps have been taken by the Government to protect the lives and property of Australians in Uganda?

Senator WRIGHT - The Government's first concern is for the safety and well being of Australian nationals in Uganda. To this end the Australian High Commissioner in Nairobi has been given discretionary authority to take all necessary precautions and render every assistance. The Government is also concerned to assist in alleviating the humanitarian problem posed by the decision of the Ugandan Government to expel its non-Ugandan Asian community by 7th November. An Australian immigration officer is currently in Kampala processing applications by Ugandan Asians to migrate to Australia. The Government earnestly hopes that internal stability will be maintained in Uganda and that the rights and freedoms of foreign residents, including Australians, will be fully respected.

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