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Wednesday, 10 November 1971
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Dr Klugman asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   Who was the most senior Minister or official who accepted an invitation to China's National Day reception at the Chinese Embassy in Canberra in each year from 1965 to 1971 inclusive.

(2)   Who proposed the toast on behalf of the Australian Government in each of those years.


Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answers to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

(1)   and (2) The identity of the most senior Minister or official who accepted an invitation to the National Day receptions and of those who proposed the toasts, in the years 1965-70, is not on record in the Department. The most senior Minister who accepted an invitation to the 1971 National Day reception was the Minister for Defence, who proposed the toast.







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