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Thursday, 3 May 1973
Page: 1647


Mr SINCLAIR (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Prime Minister aware of the very good work undertaken by the Pacific Basin Economic Council and that the sixth annual meeting of the Council is to be held in Sydney this month? Also, is he aware that Mr K. T. Li. the Minister for Finance for Taiwan and a distinguished Asian, has been invited to attend this meeting and that he seeks to do so in his private and personal capacity? In view of the reception tendered to the North Vietnamese in Parliament House yesterday and their receipt by the Minister for Overseas Trade and Secondary Industry, on what terms and conditions will Mr K. T. Li be allowed to enter Australia in order to participate in this regional conference?


Mr WHITLAM - I am certainly aware of the advent and the significance of the PBEC meeting. In fact 1 am to address the meeting on the opening day. I am not aware of the position concerning the gentleman whom the honourable member mentioned. He would undoubtedly be able to come to Australia under the same conditions as any other person comes from Taiwan, that is, in any unofficial capacity.







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