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Tuesday, 26 October 1971
Page: 2559

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   Who are the members of the Cricket for Free China Committee which received $2,500 from his Department in 1969-70 towards costs of the visiting University Cricket Group of the Republic of China.

(2)   What was the amount and nature of the costs incurred and the duration and nature of the activities undertaken by the visiting group.

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The members of the Cricket for Free China Committee at the time of the visit in January 1970 by the University students' cricket team were:

Mr E.D. Darby, M.L.A. (Chairman)

Mr Cho YingYang (ConsulGeneral of the Republic of China)

The Hon. W. C. Wentworth. M.P.

The Hon. J. L. Waddy, O.B.E.. D.F.C., M.L.A.

Mr M.Mackeller, M.P.

Mr F.L. O'Keefe, M.L.A.

The Hon. W. G. Keighley, M.L.C.

Mr R.O. Healey, M.L.A.

Mr R.C. A. Walton, M.L.A.

Alderman W. lles

Mr J.Huntington

Mr EG. McMillan (President. N.S.W. Cricket Association)

Mr J.F. Hodgson (President, ManlyWarringah Cricket Club)

Mr K.Gee (President, Australia-Free China Association)

Mr A.Anderson (Honorary SecretaryTreasurer, Cricket for Free China Committee)

Mr P.Campbell

Councillor D. S. Sainsbery

Mr J.Burke

Mr B.Cook

Mr M.Murray

Mr J.Ryan

Mr G.See

Mr S.Sismey

(2)   The Commonwealth contributed $2,500 to meet a portion of the international air fares of the visiting team, i.e. the equivalent of 5 economy class return air fares, Taiwan-Australia. The total cost of the visit, according to the organisers, was $8,400. of which $5,900 was raised from private sources.

In addition to the balance of international air fares, the organisers met costs of travel within Australia and other incidental expenses associated with the visitors' tour. Accommodation in private homes was provided in Sydney.

The visiting team arrived in Australia on 3rd January 1970, and returned to the Republic of China on 8th February 1970.

The team comprised students of physical education at the National Taiwan Normal University; as well as receiving coaching in cricket they undertook life saving training under the guidance of the Australian Surf Life Saving Association. Six members received the Association's Bronze Medallion at the completion of their training.

The Chinese visitors met political figures in New South Wales, visited Parliament and local government institutions. A tour of the Snowy

Mountains and Canberra was also arranged for them.

Since their return to Taiwan a cricket association and surf life saving association have been formed there.

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