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Tuesday, 13 August 1974
Page: 786

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - Is the Minister for Foreign Affairs aware that on 4 August the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Snedden, posed a series of questions to the Prime Minister relating to reports that Australia had recognised the Soviet Union's jurisdiction over the Baltic states? Has the Prime Minister responded? If not, can the Minister say when he will do so? Will the Minister say when the Government of the Soviet Union was informed of the Australian Government's change of policy?

Senator WILLESEE - No, I was not aware that some questions had been asked. Evidently, from what Senator Drake-Brockman says, there are some on notice. I will chase them up to see that they are answered. The question of advising the Soviet Union did not come into it. All we did was send Sir James Plimsoll, the Ambassador to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, to visit these areas. By that action- similar to the technique adopted in the Goa incident- recognition of the incorporation became de jure -

Senator Durack - Are you going to do that with Rhodesia?

Senator WILLESEE - Rhodesia is completely different -

Senator Webster - In this case it is a communist country.

Senator WILLESEE - No, it is quite a different matter. It is not a question of its being a communist country. The fact is that Rhodesia has been declared black by the United Nations. The difference between the Government which the honourable senators opposite supported and this Government is that we are prepared to carry out the decisions of the United Nations wholeheartedly, not half-heartedly as did the previous Government.

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