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Wednesday, 15 September 1971
Page: 1397

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts, upon notice:

(1)   Did the Commissioner-General for Expo '70 recommend that Australia should again accede to the 1928 Convention relating to International Exhibitions as modified by the 1948 Protocol (Hansard, 29th September 1970, page 1850).

(2)   If so, when does he expect that the Government will be able to make a decision on this recommendation.

Mr Howson - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   In his report 'Australia at Expo '70' submitted to the Prime Minister on 31st October 1970, the Commissioner-General said:

Before concluding this review a brief look into the future would not be out of place. Firstly there is the question of Australia again becoming a member of the Bureau of International Exhibitions- Having, now participated in two major international exhibitions. Montreal in 1967 and Osaka in 1970, it would seem difficult for Australia not to play her part in similar exhibitions in the future. Membership of the BIE would allow us a full part in decisions as to when, where and under what conditions such future exhibitions should be held.'

(2)   The question of again acceding to the Convention and Protocol will be considered by the Government.

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