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Prime Minister to return to Australia



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f o l l o w i n g i s t h e s t a t e m e n t for r e l e a s e t o t h e PRESS, WHICH

WAS ISSUED AT 3 P . M . THURSDAY 26TH DEC. TO THE B R I T I S H M E D I A . ‘

AUSTRALI AN PRIME M I N I S T E R RETURNS TO A U S T R AL I A.

BECAUSE OF THE CYCLONE DI SASTER I N D A RW I N , THE AUSTRALI AN PRIME M I N I S T E R MR GOUGH WHITE AM FLEW OUT OF LONDON T H I S AFTERNOON TO RETURN TO A U S T R A L I A . HE I S DUE TO ARRIVE I N AUSTRALI A ON

FR IDAY 2 ? DECEMBER o HE WI LL THEN FLY TO DARWI N. A SPECIAL MEETING

OF CABINET' WI L L BE HELD I N SYDNEY ON MONDAY MORNING. IN THE MEANĀ­ TIME MR z/fTONEL BOWEN, SPECIAL M I N I S T E R OF STATE AND M I N I ST ER A S SI ST I NG *LHE PRIME MINISTER WILL LEAD THE DELEGATION FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE PROGRAMME.

THERE ARE AT PRESENT NO FIXED PLANS FOR MR. WHITLAM'S RETURN.