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Tuesday, 30 November 1965

Sir ROBERT MENZIES - I know nothing about the travel arrangements that were followed but I will endeavour to find out what they were. I think I am right in saying, however, that the Prime Minister of Singapore first invited a delegation of Opposition members to go to Singapore.

Mr Calwell - That is right.

Sir ROBERT MENZIES - I then took the opportunity of speaking to the Leader of the Opposition and saying that I thought it would be unfortunate if the delegation went to only the one place and did not go to Kuala Lumpur. I think the Leader of the Opposition will recall this.

Mr Calwell - That is so.

Sir ROBERT MENZIES - I therefore sent word to Kuala Lumpur suggesting that the delegation be invited to go there, and I understand it did go there. I have not followed the journeyings but I have no doubt that the delegation took every opportunity of finding out what it could about developments in the area. Our diplomats are, of course, in touch with these matters daily. We get reports, practically daily, from both Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. So many of the problems that arise have psychological involvements that nobody can be very dogmatic about them. One has to try to read somebody's mind. On the whole I think we are kept as well informed as possible. I have no doubt that Opposition members who went to South East Asia put themselves in possession of whatever information they could get.

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