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Tuesday, 15 October 1974
Page: 1700

Senator SIM (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Has the attention of the Minister for Foreign Affairs been drawn to a reported speech by the Deputy Prime Minister, Dr J. F. Cairns, in China in which he is reported to have said: 'While Australia can claim to be no more than an honorary member of the Third World, the independent foreign policy we look for is really a Third World policy'? As the Prime Minister is reported to have told the United Nations that Australia did not aspire to Third World status, I ask the Minister which policy represents Australia's official foreign policy. If the Prime Minister's statement represented Australia's official policy, will this be conveyed to the Government of the People 's Republic of China so as to prevent any misunderstanding as to our official policy?

Senator WILLESEE -Anything the Prime Minister said in his address to the United Nations would certainly be known to the Chinese as well as to anybody else. I have seen a newspaper report of what Dr Cairns is alleged to have said. I checked on this matter before I came into the chamber. We still have not received an official cable in relation to it. So I do not know the truth or otherwise of the allegation.

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