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Thursday, 16 September 1971
Page: 1407

Mr WHITLAM (Werriwa) (Leader of the Opposition) - Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation because the Prime Minister (Mr McMahon) and, later, the Minister for Immigration (Dr Forbes), who represents the Minister for Health (Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson), misrepresented me during question time. The Prime Minister could have given a civil or even a factual reply to the question that I asked him. But he intruded references to 2 matters and misrepresented me on each. First, he made a reference to my report of what Mr Chou En-lai had said to me about a revived Geneva Conference. What Mr Chou En-lai said to me on the question of a revived Geneva Conference and a revived Bandung Conference, and the circumstances in which he spoke on both those subjects, were given by me a couple of days after I left China to the Australian Ambasador in Tokyo who saw me with the American Ambassador there and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern and Pacific Affairs. Again, it was given by me to the Australian Ambassador and the American Ambassador in the Philippines and also to the American Ambassador to Australia who was in the Philippines at the same time. It was given by me also to the Foreign Secretary of the Philippines in the presence of the Australian Ambassador. Again, Sir, I have little doubt that these matters were reported to the Foreign Ministry in Australia. The reports which I have been given by the Department of Foreign Affairs here of my conversations with many Ministers and officials in Japan - the greatest number of Ministers or officials that any Australian politician has seen in Japan in such a space of time - bear out-

Government members - Oh!


Mr WHITLAM - This may be a matter for merriment or consternation among some people in the Government Parties.

Mr Sinclair - That is a lot of speculation on your part.

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