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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 2618

Senator Maunsell asked trie Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(   1 ) Did Mr Tom Burns, an Australian Labor Party member ofthe Queensland Parliament, travel with the Prime Minister's party to mainland China.

(2)   If so, in what capacity was he included in the party and who paid his expenses.

Senator Murphy - The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   Yes. (Senate Hansard, 20 November 1973, page 1904 Question 533).

(2)   Mr Burnswas a guest ofthe Government and people of the Peoples' Republic of China, as he and I had been in July 1971. Apart from travel costs, his expenses were met by the Government of the Peoples ' Republic of China.

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