Australian Cabinet Minister Glen Sheil has been sacked over his apartheid sympathies, barely 48 hours after being named as a member of the new Australian government.
CU Senator Glen Sheil facing newsmen outside Government House, Canberra.
CU Sheil talking to newsmen.
SHEIL: "We could learn a lot form the apartheid policy in South Africa and also from the policies that they have carried out in Rhodesia. Well, it's the only policy that guarantees self-government to all the people, everybody thinks... a lot of the things that they have learned over the years, yes, are applicable, but what you must realise is there is not just one race of blacks in South Africa. There's many. There's at least nine in South Africa, and they're different people. They don't mix. The Zulu wouldn't mix with Basutu. (INDISTINCT)
REPORTER: "Surely the aborigines can mix with Australians, though."
SHEIL: "Yes, and they are permitted to. They are permitted to."
Senator Sheil, 48, was given the Veterans Affairs portfolio in the new government named only last Monday (December 19) following Mr. Fraser's overwhelming victory in the December 10 general election. Australians are now left wondering why Mr. Fraser ever agreed to the nomination put forward by Deputy Prime Minister and National Country Party leader Dough Anthony. For Senator Sheil had never made any attempt to hide his admiration for South Africa's policies. He caused an uproar in parliament last October when he declared South Africa was setting a "shining example" in race relations.
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Background: Australian Cabinet Minister Glen Sheil has been sacked over his apartheid sympathies, barely 48 hours after being named as a member of the new Australian government. Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser acted swiftly to reaffirm his government's total opposition to apartheid by dropping the right-wing Senator as Minister of Veterans' Affairs. Senator Sheil is a medical practitioner and partner in a rabbit-breeding business. He raised a storm of protest after being nominated when he told a reporter that he would like to see apartheid introduced in Australia if the black aboriginal population wanted it. He then fanned the storm by maintaining that Australia could learn a great deal from white-ruled South Africa and Rhodesia.
SYNOPSIS: He made the remarks to newsmen outside Government House in Canberra.