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Getting into the club!

Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was also Foreign Minister until November 1973. Rex Connor was Minister for Minerals and Energy. During this time, despite Australia's neutral position on the Arab Isreali conflict, the government was attempting to gain favor with the oil producing Arab nations by restricting the export of Australian LP Gas, thus helping support the prices the Gulf States were getting for their Oil.

Interestingly, it wasn't long after this that it turned out the Australian Government was also looking at borrowing money from the Gulf States...