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REPORTER: What is the position of the Australian government with regard to the Moscow Olympic Games?
ELLICOTT: The government has made it clear that it believes we shouldn't send a team to Moscow. We believe that because of what's happening in Afghanistan, this is an effective way of letting the Russians know that we disapprove of it. That is the government's clear policy and we have asked the Olympic Federation not to send a team to Moscow....
...The government has made it quite clear that its not going to take passports away from our athletes. If they make the decision to go to Moscow then the government's attitude would be 'so be it'; we would be very dissappointed, needles to say ...
... On the other hand the government is sympathetic to the fact that our athletes have been training for some time and that's the reason why I'm trying to organise, with other countries, on behalf of Australia, alternative sites for competition...
REPORTER: If some of your athletes are in public positions would you extend their holiday time?
ELLICOTT: This is a matter that our government hasn't yet given consideration to as I'm aware. As far as our government is concerned, our attitude would be that we don't thin that our Olympic committee should send a team to Moscow.
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