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Wednesday, 26 April 1972
Page: 1983

Mr WHITLAM - Was the Prime Minister asked by the Australian Table Tennis Association to express formal Government approval of a proposed visit by a table tennis team from the People's Republic of China? If so, when was he asked and how did he reply?

Mr McMAHON - I know that the honourable gentleman would not know how a Prime Minister's office is run or, for that matter, I am told, how any other office is run. Two letters were sent to my office - the first one at least was answered by the Minister for the Navy on my behalf. It did ask that some official action be taken by the Government, and the reply was given by my colleague. I am not certain of the actual contents. The second letter that was received set out the draft of a statement prepared by the ping pong association to be issued with my approval. That was not agreed to. I can add no more than what was said by my colleague the Minister for Foreign Affairs when he set out the Government's policy attitude to this problem.

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