Did Prime Minister Gough Whitlam sign intervention or security treaties with China for the Asia region, especially in 1973.

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Dear National Archives of Australia,

I am seeking information on the following:

Did Prime Minister Gough Whitlam sign intervention or security treaties with China for the Asia region, especially in 1973.

Yours faithfully,
Joseph Walz

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Ben Fairless left an annotation ()

Hi Joseph,

Just a heads up, the Australian FOI laws require that you request "documents" not information. This will likely be rejected as you haven't sought documents, but rather information.

You could word the request as follows:

"I am seeking access to copies of documents detailing intervention or security treaties entered into with Chine for the Asia region which were created in 1973"

The decision would then give insight as to if the documents exist. If they refuse it because there is no such document, then it could be assumed that no document was ever created.

Hope that helps!

Ben

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Belinda

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Dear Mr Walz,

Thank you for your inquiry regarding treaties signed between Australia in
China during the Prime Ministership of Gough Whitlam.

Lists of treaties entered into by Australia, and the full text of those
treaties are available on a website operated by the Australian Legal
Information Institute (in conjunction with the Department of Foreign
Affairs and Trade). This website is available [2]here. You can browse
treaties by year, and view the titles and full text of these treaties
online.

As you can see from these lists, Australia only entered into two treaties
with the People's Republic of China in the 1972-1975 period, neither of
which relate to security or intervention in foreign countries:

1. [3]'Trade Agreement between the Government of Australia and the
Government of the People's Republic of China' (Australian Treaty Series
1973 No 21).
2. [4]'Exchange of Notes constituting an Agreement between the Government
of Australia and the Government of the People's Republic of China
concerning the Registration of Trade Marks' (Australian Treaty Series 1974
No 24).

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours Sincerely,

Andrew Cairns

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Research topic: RE: Freedom of Information request - Did Prime Minister
Gough Whitlam sign intervention or security treaties with China for the
Asia region, especially in 1973. [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
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Dear Mr Walz

Thank you for your interest in the National Archives of Australia. This
section deals with enquiries under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(Cth) for records of the National Archives that are in the closed
period. Your request appears to be in the closed period given the
timeframe but I will refer you to the Reference and Information Section
who may be able to provide you with further guidance.

The email is: [email address].

All the very best with your research.

Kind regards
Belinda

Belinda Chapman
Legal Officer, Legal Services
Executive and Information Services
National Archives of Australia

Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600
PO Box 7425, Canberra Business Centre ACT 2610 t +61 2 6212 3498 f +61 2
6212 3600 e [email address] | [8]http://www.naa.gov.au

Please note my hours are: Monday, Tuesday and Friday 7.30am-2.30pm;
Wednesday and Thursday 8.00am-5.00pm.

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