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Sunday, June 17,· 1973, IS?

^ h e'D ep u ty L e a d e r of the O pposition, M r . L ynch, sa id today he b eliev e d a ll A u s tra lia n s w ould.w elcom e th e r e p o r ts th at P re s id e n t Nixon had a g re e d to m ee t with M r. W hitlam .

Speaking in M elbourne, Mr.· Lynch sa id th e m eetin g would provide the . P rim e M in iste r with the opportunity to r e p a ir the dam age done to US - A u s tra lia n . re la tio n s „ w hich was of such g re a t c o n c e rn .

"M r. Sriedderi and M r. Anthony had conveyed to th e P re s id e n t, through A m b a ssa d o r G re e n , th e ir b e lie f th a t th e A u s tra lia n natio n al in te r e s t and the in te r e s ts of the continuing re la tio n sh ip s betw een A u s tra lia and the United ■ S tates would be s e rv e d by a m eetin g betw een the P re s id e n t and M r. W hitlam , "

he s a id . "T he onus is now directly, on M r. W hitlam .

"T he A u s tra lia n people did not give the L ab o r G o v ern m en t a m andate to so ra d ic a lly a lte r crur. re la tio n s with th e United S ta te s which have b een developed o v e r y e a r s of m u tu tal c o -o p e ra tio n and goodw ill.

"We re c o g n ise th a t the US A d m in istra tio n is now im p lem en tin g a fo re ig n policy to m e e t the re q u ire m e n ts of a new e r a and to la y th e groundw ork fo r a new

s tr u c tu r e of in te rn a tio n a l p e a c e ." .

The Deputy O pposition L e a d e r sa id th a t in th e s e changing c irc u m s ta n c e s A u s tra lia m u st c le a r ly m a in tain a d istin c tiv e and independent id en tity .

t) "H ow ever, o u r p a rtn e rs h ip with th e US - developed by s u c c e ss iv e L ib e r a l- C ountry P a r ty A d m in istra tio n s on a b a s is of frie n d sh ip , t r u s t and s e lf ­ - re lia n c e .- m u st re m a in ta e c e n tra l e le m e n t of o u r fo re ig n policy, " he added.

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