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Tuesday, 23 July 1946

Mr MENZIES (KOOYONG, VICTORIA) - Is the Prime Minister in a position to say what matters will be dealt with at the forthcoming Peace Conference? I put my inquiry in that way because although certain matters may not arise, others will, and it would be useful if the House had before it some information in regard to the matters to be discussed. Secondly, I ask the Prime Minister what particular principles will be contended for by the Australian representatives at the conference. If the Prime Minister believes that there is a limit to public discussion of such questions . with the conference pending, will he give consideration to the possibility of having a debate on the matter at a private meeting of this House? I do not suggest a private meeting for preference, but I realize that some problems may not lend themselves to public discussion. In brief, to what degree will the House be given an opportunity to consider the principles to be advanced on behalf of Australia in relation to, matters that will arise at the conference ?

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