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Tuesday, 26 March 1968

Mr GORTON - My attention, in fact, has not been drawn to the letter to which the Leader of the Opposition refers. But I would think - and this would need to be the subject of a legal interpretation which at the moment I am not entitled legally to give - that unless and until the external affairs power is made exclusive, representatives of State Governments who are appointed, as they are appointed to London or the United

States of America, would be able, speaking for those governments but not for the Commonwealth, to make statements and would not be able to be prevented from making statements. That is a matter of legal interpretation, which 1 think is correct. As for the rest of the Leader of the Opposition's question, I believe it perfectly true to state that Australia, in fact, is resisting the encroachments of Communism in this part of the world and I have no apology to make for that part of the letter.

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