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Monday, 7 May 1984
Page: 1634

Senator GARETH EVANS —Mr Deputy President, on 29 March you asked me a question about the Queen's capacity when she made a speech in Jordan. Again, I seek leave to incorporate that answer in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The answer reads as follows-

The Queen is Head of State of 17 Commonwealth countries including the United Kingdom and Australia.

When the Queen visits one of these countries she does so as Head of State of the country concerned.

I take the honourable senator's question to be directed at visits by the Queen to countries outside the Commonwealth. The position is governed largely by practice and convention and depends upon the basis on which the invitation to visit a particular country is made and accepted. In most cases the Queen will have been invited to visit the country concerned in her capacity as Head of State of the United Kingdom. The visit will therefore be undertaken in that capacity and she will speak in that capacity, acting on the advice of the United Kingdom Government. This would be understood and appreciated by the host Government.