Why Did Gleneagles Agreement Happen
The importance of the debate is that it takes place only two months before the Commonwealth conference in Melbourne, although the whole issue of the Gleneagles agreement will undoubtedly be at the top of the agenda. It also comes at a time of great importance for the problems in New Zealand during the South African rugby tour. I say immediately that I fully support the action of Prime Minister Robert Muldoon. He was very courageous in many of his decisions, although he was well aware of the Gleneagles agreement. It is sad that he was quoted in the Times the other day when he said that his own small country was under-praised by the terrible actions of the yobs and hooligans of the far left. It will be a courageous decision on the part of my right-wing friend of the Prime Minister when she is considering scrapping the agreement. This can lead to the dissolution of the Commonwealth, however sad it may be. This will result in the loss of old friends, but it will mean the introduction of new ones. I think that one day the blackmail and bluff will have to stop. One day, we`ll have to tell the truth. South Africa`s enemies will not stop until they succeed in overthrowing the white national government, by any method. By continuing to support the agreement, the government is giving credibility to these objectives. I ask my right-wing friend the Prime Minister, by my Hon.
Friend here today, consider these facts with great urgency before a final decision is finalized. The Gleneagles agreement should never have illuminated the light of the world. It`s undisputed blackmail, and the sooner it`s brought back to calm, the better. If my friend Hon is the minister of sports, let him stand up for the athletes, because the vast majority of athletes in this country want to participate in sport all over the world, and that excludes South Africa. If, as intellectuals tell us in the media and elsewhere, reason, debate and discussion are the way to move the world forward, it is certainly right that it be brought into sport so that athletes from Western countries such as the United States, France, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom can travel to South Africa and show South Africans , like sport beyond colors, beliefs and different countries can work. The government reaffirms its commitment to the Gleneagles Agreement, but we hope that progress will continue in South Africa so that sports ties can finally be restored.