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Friday, 16 August 1974
Page: 1057

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -My question is addressed to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Is it a fact that arrangements to fly out the Russian violinist, Georgi Ermolenko, by a Royal Australian Air Force aircraft were completed on Wednesday night? If so, why did the Minister delete reference to arrangements in his statement to the Senate yesterday morning? What was the compelling reason for secrecy?

Senator WILLESEE -No, it was not definite on Wednesday night. That is the first point. The honourable senator asks: What is the reason for secrecy? I think that becomes perfectly obvious because of the situation that was taking place at the Perth Airport. I just do not see the point of the question.

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