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Thursday, 26 September 1974
Page: 1439

Senator GRIMES (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs. Can the Minister inform the Senate whether any progress has been made in the finalisation of the Treaty of Nara which was announced by the Prime Minister some time ago?

Senator MURPHY -Mr President,both the Australian and the Japanese governments have a strong interest in the Treaty of Nara. Every effort has been made to bring it to a successful conclusion, although full agreement will not be reached before the visit of the Japanese Prime Minister to Australia. On 6 May the Japanese Government gave to the Australian Government a draft which took into account the initial Australian draft which was presented on 14 December 1973. A number of meetings of Australian Government departments have been held in Canberra to consider the 2 drafts and to work towards a formulation which will meet the interests of both countries. Australian officials held discussions in Japan from 25 to 27 July, following which the Japanese produced on 6 September a revised version of their draft. This is currently under active consideration by the Australian Government departments.

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