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Since 1961 when Sir Robert Menzies first helped create the West Papuan Genocide successive Prime Ministers have sustained or even made the Genocide worse.
A book “The Incubus of Intervention” by Greg Poulgrain has reference to it. The Author's comments on pp216-218 cover that election.
"The gist of it was the change made by Menzies & Barwick to INCLUDE self-determination for the Papuans when they realised Calwell (ALP) was gathering extra votes because self-determination for the West Papuans had strong electoral support. You can see the jelly-weak speech Menzies made about self-determination! Then, immediately after winning the election, Foreign Affairs was handed to Barwick officially (even though he'd been handling it before the election, while it was officially under the care of PM Menzies)and Barwick changed govt policy on self-determination!! The other issue on this election was that Guy Pauker (Allen Dulles' top CIA man handling Indonesia since the mid-1950s) happened to be staying in the Moreton Bay Yacht club at the time of the election - the closest election in Australian history up to that time. Menzies won by one seat - the seat of Moreton ! Jim Killen became Defence Minister! This puzzled me for some time : what was Pauker doing in Moreton? (I had received this information from an officer working in Immigration who managed to get a copy of the airport-arrival card handed in by Pauker when he landed in Australia, which included his intended place of residence while in Australia.) But I think it was just a coincidence that he stayed there, but not a coincidence that he was in Australia. As I say in the book, I think he brought news for Menzies that General Nasution (head of the Indonesian army that was being described as a tool of the communists!) was strongly pro-US...as you can read in the book. This allowed Menzies/Barwick to change Govt policy - and win the election by a whisper, you might say."
|‘”[The Australian left] tended to be paternalistic, patronising and wholly convinced of their purity and of the soundness of their own views,” Whitlam told Suharto.’ Photograph: National Archives of Australia|
Then this link shows that Gough Whitlam gave permission to Indonesia to invade East Timor. Australia has a lot of blood on its hands.
Also The Sydney Morning Herald published Australian Defence Force may have known of West Papua atrocities:
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|Wreckage: The RAAF Iroquois that crashed. |
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