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Friday, 12 July 1946

Mr CHIFLEY - The Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Menzies), like other honorable members before him, spoke to me about an invitation to Mr. and Mrs. Churchill to visit Australia. I have already told the House that' an invitation was issued to Mr. Churchill when Mr. Curtin was Prime Minister, and that it still stood. At that- time Mr. Churchill' was not able to accept. Through the Leader of the Opposition, certain sporting bodies in Victoria intimated that it was desirable that Mr. Churchill should visit Australia. I have sent a letter to Mr. Churchill renewing the invitation previously extended by. the

Australian Government, and suggesting that he might. ' come at a time convenient to himself. That was the form in which the original invitation was couched. As honorable members know, an invitation has also been extended to Mr. Attlee to visit Australia. He has accepted, but owing to the Peace Conference, he will not be able to come on the date first proposed. However, he has stated that the visit, is not to be cancelled, but only deferred. I think he will arrive in Australia before the end of the year. In the letter which I sent to Mr. Churchill renewing the invitation to him and Mrs. Churchill, I mentioned that certain sporting bodies, of which the Leader of the Opposition has spoken, would be glad to have him here, and I suggested that a suitable time would be early in 1947.

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