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Wednesday, 10 June 1970

Mr MAISEY (MOORE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Prime Minister, lt concerns the forthcoming visit to Australia of His Holiness Pope Paul VI, who is not only the head of the largest congregation of faithful in the world bur is also a head of state. I ask: Firstly, would it not be fitting to take the opportunity of this unprecedented visit to invite His Holiness to a parliamentary function in his honour? Secondly, would protocol present any obstacles to such an invitation? Thirdly, in the light of the extraordinary circumstances involved and the totally unique standing and stature of His Holiness, regardless of whether protocol is an obstacle, will the Prime Minister avail himself of that world renowned trait of Australian character, friendliness and in formality, and invite His Holiness to Canberra so that members of the Parliament may have the privilege of meeting him in person?

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