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Tuesday, 1 October 1974
Page: 1491

Senator BROWN (VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate in his capacity as Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. I ask: Has the Israeli Government placed any pressure on or made any request to the Australian Government to move the Australian Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem? Can the Minister give the Senate an assurance that in view of the United Nations Security Council resolutions on Jerusalem of 1967, 1968 and 1971 the Australian Embassy will not be moved to this city?

Senator MURPHY -The Australian Embassy, of course, is in Tel Aviv. At present there are no plans to shift it from there. In recent years the Australian Government has not been the recipient of any formal request or any pressure from the Israeli Government to move the Australian Embassy from its existing location at Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The honourable senator will be aware that the status of Jerusalem in any final settlement of the Middle East dispute is difficult to predict.

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