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Wednesday, 14 November 1973
Page: 1760

Senator HANNAN (VICTORIA) - I wish to direct a question to the Minister for Foreign Affairs when he has calmed down.

The PRESIDENT - Order!

Senator HANNAN - I withdraw the words calmed down'. I ask: Has the Minister's attention been drawn to yesterday's statement by the Prime Minister, Mr Whitlam, that Australia was trying at last to get in step with New Zealand in the Pacific? Prescinding entirely from the motivation for such a statement, will the Minister advise Mr Whitlam that three of the steps taken by the present Labor Government in New Zealand, a Pacific power, are a refusal to recognise North Vietnam until that country desists from aggression and observes the cease-fire in South Vietnam; a refusal to destroy the SEATO alliance; and a refusal to break the Five Power alliance in Malaysia? As our Government is badly out of step with New Zealand in all these matters will the Minister, in the interest of credibility, ask the Prime Minister to adjust his step?

Senator WILLESEE - If I decide to give the Prime Minister any advice I shall certainly look for a much better briefing than I could get from Senator Hannan.

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