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Thursday, 14 October 1971
Page: 2346


Mr WALLIS (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Has the Prime Minister noticed newspaper reports that the President of the United States intends making a visit to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics? If so, has he received any communication from the United States President seeking the Prime Minister's OK for this visit in view of the fact that he expressed concern at the President's proposed visit to the People's Republic of China without first informing him?


Mr McMAHON - We were informed through administration sources and the Australian Embassy in Washington that the President had made a decision that he would visit the Soviet Union. Naturally enough, he did not nor would I expect him to, obtain my approval, and I do not know what reply I would have given if he had asked me to approve of it.







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