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Thursday, 23 March 1961

Mr CALWELL - I ask the Acting Prime Minister: Has the Government yet received the full text of the speech made in the House of Commons last night by the British Prime Minister, Mr. Macmillan, on South Africa? If so, is it a fact that Mr. Macmillan said that South Africa was not forced out of the Commonwealth but, because of the stand she had taken, it was apparent that she could not stay in the Commonwealth? Did Mr. Macmillan also say that bitterness and recrimination after the event would not help the situation? If Mr. Macmillan did make these statements, does the Acting Prime Minister regard his speech as a complete repudiation of the views and attitude of the Australian Prime Minister as expressed since the Commonwealth Prime Ministers Conference ended?

Mr Harold Holt - What did Mr. Gaitskell say?

Mr CALWELL - I am reporting what Mr. Macmillan said.

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