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Thursday, 8 September 1960

Mr WENTWORTH (MACKELLAR, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question without notice is directed to the Prime Minister and relates to the Australian victories in the Olympic Games, in particular to the victory of Mr. Herb Elliott, who performed probably the greatest athletic feat so far performed by an Australian. I ask the right honorable gentleman: Does he recall the type of welcome that was traditionally given, at the time of the original Olympic Games, to victorious athletes returning to their states from the games? Does he remember that national institutions then did not think it wrong to associate themselves with such welcomes? Will it be possible to give any official welcome to the winners of gold medals returning from the Rome Olympic Games, or in other ways to recognize the importance of their achievements?

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