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Tuesday, 19 February 1980
Page: 15


Mr HODGMAN -Does the Prime Minister recall a suggestion that I put to him last year that he should invite His Holiness Pope John Paul II to make an official visit to Australia at the earliest possible opportunity? Is the Prime Minister in a position to provide the House with any information on the proposed visit to Australia of the Pope?


Mr MALCOLM FRASER - In the latter part of last year a written invitation was conveyed through the Apostolic Pronuncio to His Holiness. That invitation was followed up when my colleague the Minister for Industry and Commerce recently called upon His Holiness who expressed a very real and warm interest in visiting Australia. Quite obviously there are many pressures on His Holiness 's time and I am unable to say when we would be able to expect that visit.







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