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Wednesday, 22 March 1961

Mr HAWORTH (ISAACS, VICTORIA) - I ask the Acting Minister for External Affairs a question. Has he heard that Mr. Chamberlain, the federal secretary of the Australian Labour Party, has made a further statement in Perth subsequent to his declaration that Formosa is expendable and that its abandonment in order to recognize red China would be justifiable? Is the Minister aware that Mr. Chamberlain said that the Prime Minister of Australia now subscribed to the recognition of red China - a policy which is part of the Australian Labour Party's platform - and that a statement to this effect which he alleged had been made by the Prime Minister arose out of his favouring red China's representation at the disarmament discussions or its admission to the United Nations? Is this statement by Mr. Chamberlain correct?

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