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Thursday, 10 May 1973
Page: 1953

Mr SINCLAIR - In the absence of the Prime Minister and because of the urgency of this matter I ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister in this place whether he is aware that the Prime Minister last week,if answer to a question from me relative to an application for admission into Australia by Mr K. T. Li, the Taiwan Minister for Finance, replied that he would undoubtedly be able to come to Australia under the same conditions as any other person who comes from Taiwan, that is, in an unofficial capacity. Is he aware that the Pacific Basin Economic Council meeting is scheduled to take place in Sydney next week and that MrK. T. Li has been advised in Hong Kong that his application on an ordinary passport and as a private citizen has been turned down? Has the Labor Government received representations from the People's Republic of China about this application? Does this demonstrate that the present policy of the Labor Government with respect to domestic matters is to be determined by representations by the People's Republic of China? If not, will the Minister ensure that approval is given in accordance with the Prime Minister's reply to my question last week so that Mr K. T. Li can attend the meeting of the Pacific Basin Economic Council?

Mr HAYDEN (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Social Security) -I must point out that my elevation was rather sudden and I expect it will be rather short-lived. 1 am not aware of the details of the case and I am sure the honourable member would appreciate why I would not be. I can only undertake to draw the matter to the attention of the Prime Minister who, as honourable members will be aware, is with the Treasurer and the Minister for the Capital Territory at the Premiers Conference this morning.

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