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Thursday, 31 March 1966

Mr BEATON (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) - In the absence of the Minister for Trade and Industry, I ask the Prime Minister in his capacity as Acting Minister for External Affairs: Is it true that arrangements have been in hand for some months for a visit by a Communist Chinese trade delegation to this country? Is it a fact that the Australian Wheat Board, amongst other interested sections of the Australian business community, is pressing for this visit to be proceeded with in the interests of Australia-Communist China trade? Is the only reason that this visit is being delayed the fear of electoral reprisals and the certain realisation in the Australian electorate that the Government's political protestations about China are insincere?

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