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Tuesday, 30 November 1971
Page: 3787

Mr KEOGH (BOWMAN, QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Prime Minister. I refer to a national television programme last Friday evening on which the Prime Minister, speaking of discussions he had with the British Government, said:

For example I was told of what was about to happen in Rhodesia.

Is he aware that a British Government spokesman had previously said that no prearrangement or advance knowledge of the settlement was known? Can the Prime

Minister inform the House exactly what he was told, when he was told and by whom, or must we assume that this statement has no basis in fact, as a similar statement made in the same programme when, in reply to the matter raised by Sir Robert Menzies, who earlier in the week had criticised his Government, he said: 'We know where we are going'-

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable gentleman will ask only one question. He cannot ask a series of questions or double questions.

Mr McMAHON (LOWE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Prime Minister) - What I said was correct. I had a long discussion with the British Foreign Minister about his proposed trip to Southern Rhodesia, and he was good enough to let me know of the proposals that Britain would be making and that they would be within the 5 points. I would not be prepared to go any further than that, because the details of the discussion were in confidence. I can assure the honourable gentlemen that in matters like this when the details are presented to me in confidence, the confidence will be kept.

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