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Tuesday, 29 October 1974
Page: 2028

Senator WEBSTER - I ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs: Is it a fact that a draft resolution has been presented to the United Nations which seeks the expulsion of South Africa from that body? Has the Australian Government decided to direct its United Nations representative to support such a motion? What are the reasons for such action?

Senator WILLESEE -An African draft resolution calling for the expulsion of South Africa from the United Nations has been lodged with the United Nations Secretariat in New York for consideration by the Security Council. The Australian Government has instructed its delegation to the United Nations to vote in the Security Council in favour of this step. In making this decision the Government has taken into consideration the fact that South Africa has, for 25 years, by its policy of apartheid, persistently violated the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Its has refused to comply with United Nations resolutions, including those relating to Namibia, and has openly assisted the rebel Smith regime in Southern Rhodesia in violation of the pertinent resolutions of the Security Council. In these circumstances the Government decided that, notwithstanding the seriousness of this step and the understandable reservations which it feels about endorsing it, on balance the Australian delegation should support this move because of the moral considerations involved, as we perceive them. The decision by the Government to support a resolution calling for the expulsion of South Africa from the United Nations was taken in the context of the Security Council consideration of the question.

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