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Wednesday, 8 December 1976
Page: 3559

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(   1 ) Can he say which countries issue diplomatic passports to Members of Parliament representing their country at meetings of the (a) United Nations General Assembly, (b) Inter-Parliamentary Union and (c) Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

(2)   If so, which countries do so, and why are Members of the Australian Parliament not accorded similar status by the Australian Government as is accorded by countries such as Canada, Austria, Sweden and others.

Mr Peacock - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2). The information requested in this question is not held in my Department. To attempt to collect and collate the considerable detail involved, given existing staffing and financial restraints, would not be practicable.

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