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Wednesday, 24 October 1973
Page: 1389

Senator LILLICO (TASMANIA) - Has the Leader of the Government in the Senate noted in the publication entitled 'Soviet Newsletter'- copies of which are circulated to all members- that the Israelis are accused of being the aggressors in spite of the fact that United Nations observers and others are of the reverse opinion? In view of these lying statements put out by the Soviet Union in regard to the cause of the conflict, and in view of the fact that a tiny nation of 3 million people is confronted by the Arab nations of 1 10 million people, backed by one of the world's super powers, can the Government still adhere to its declaration of neutrality?

Senator MURPHY -I hardly think that it is appropriate at question time for me to enter into a discussion of whether one side is supported by which super power and which super power is the strongest of the super powers, or of the other questions raised by the honourable senator. As everyone knows, there has been a cease fire but that is not now operative. The Australian Goverment would like to see a just and lasting peace. The Australian representative at the United Nations is this month chairing the Security Council. Every effort is being made by the Australian Government to assist in the resolution of the conflict and to bring about peace. I think that it would be inadvisable for me to say more than that now.

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