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Thursday, 7 May 1970

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - 1 ask the Minister for External Affairs a question. J am sure that the right honourable gentleman has noted that the South Pacific Conference will meet in Fiji next September, that is, in the most populous of the countries in the area other than the Territory of Papua and New Guinea and on the eve of that country becoming a member of the United Nations and of the Commonwealth. I ask him whether arrangements are in train for Australias commissioners at th s meeting of the Parliament of the South Pacific to be drawn predominantly from his own Department and to include Cabinet Ministers. I point out that Fiji's own delegation will again be headed by her Prime Minister and that Fiji is a highly political and literate community with strong political and commercial links with the major English speaking nations of North America and India as well as Britain and Australia.

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