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Wednesday, 14 August 1974
Page: 873

Senator GREENWOOD - I ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs a question in the light of the eulogy which was given last night by Senator Wheeldon of a Professor Kabalevsky who has played a prominent role in advising, allegedly, Mr Ermolenko as to whether or not he should remain in this country. Is not this Professor Kabalevsky the same Professor Kabalevsky who was reported in the Soviet News Bulletin of September last year as having criticised Andrei Sakharov as acting contrary to the interests of the Soviet Union? Is not Andre Sakharov a man who thoughout the world is reputed for the sufferings he has undergone in defence of the civil liberties which he claims ought to be the right of the Russian people? To what extent is the Government relying upon Professor Kabalevsky as giving an independent and disinterested view of what this young man Ermolenko has actually been stating? Will the Government assure the Senate that it does not regard Professor Kabalevsky as in any way a disinterested person with regard to human rights and civil liberties?

Senator WILLESEE -I remember Senator Wheeldon speaking eulogistically last night of the abilities of the professor as a musician, and Senator Wheeldon obviously would have some knowledge of that. I do not know whether Professor Kabalevsky said something in some Moscow journal last year. The honourable senator asks whether we are taking advice from Professor Kabalevsky. The answer is no. He is one person from whom I am not taking any advice; he is one of many persons from whom I am not taking any advice.

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