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Thursday, 15 October 1964

Senator PALTRIDGE - I do not think that the Government would adopt to royal visits an attitude any different from that which it has adopted in the past. Royal visitors to this country are very welcome. They are welcomed by the Government and they are enthusiastically received by the people. I am sure that it is the personal hope of vast numbers of Australians that these visits will be repeated and encouraged. I think that the question whether the President of the United States of America and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom might be asked to visit Australia is one which in appropriate circumstances the Government might well look at with a kindly eye. We are on the closest possible terms with the United States. Although it is not usually the practice, because of pressure of business,- for the President to leave his own country, should there be an appropriate occasion I am sure such a visit would be welcomed by the Australian people. With regard to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom visiting this country, need I remind the Senate that it was at the invitation of this Government that the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Mr. Macmillan, came here? That set a pattern which might well be followed in future by whatever government is in power.

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