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Thursday, 16 May 1957

Mr TURNER (BRADFIELD, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Minister for External Affairs. Is it a fact that the Communist government in China is systematically paying for visits to that country of delegations consisting of influential persons likely to be well disposed to the regime, and that such persons, on returning to their own country, then proceed to regurgitate the propaganda they have swallowed? Will the Government take active steps to combat by the most effective means this deliberate and systematic tactic that seeks to cover up the aggressive designs of the Chinese Communist government and the repressive features of the Communist regime in China?

Mr J R FRASER - I rise to order. I submit that the honorable member's question seeks an expression of opinion from the Minister for External Affairs concerning a matter that is not within the control of a Minister in this House, and is therefore out of order.

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