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Friday, 30 October 1964

Senator COHEN - I direct a question to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Last week I asked him whether, since the recent Chinese nuclear explosion, any approach had been made by the Commonwealth Government to the Government of China urging that Government to adhere to the nuclear test ban treaty. I asked him to inform me, in view of the fact that we enjoy no diplomatic relations with China, what method of communication, if any, had been used to make the approach. The Leader of the Government then informed me that he would consult with his colleague, the Acting Minister for External Affairs. When I asked the question again on Tuesday, the Leader of the Government said that he was not in a position to give me an answer. May I take it from the answer by the Acting Minister for External Affairs to the question just asked by my colleague, Senator McClelland, that the answer to my question should be: "No"?

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