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Thursday, 27 September 1973
Page: 1615

Mr SPEAKER - Does the right honourable gentleman claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr McMAHON - Yes, by the Prime Minister (Mr Whitlam). The Prime Minister is well known for a somewhat loose use of phrases -

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The right honourable gentleman must give the instance where he has been misrepresented.

Mr McMAHON - Yes, Mr Speaker. The Prime Minister made the statement that my Government had taken action to bring down the Government of Southern Rhodesia or Zimbabwe. The facts are these: The previous Government had consistently taken the view that relationship with the Government of Southern Rhodesia was directly the responsibility of the British Government, and we did not intervene to bring down the Government. Secondly, so far as the United Nations resolutions were concerned, we took the point of view that it was our duty and responsibility to comply with them to the last comma, and we did so. The Prime Minister has been wrong in his statements about my Government.

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