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Thursday, 14 October 1971
Page: 2457

Dr Klugman asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   Who has represented Australia at China's National Day reception at the Chinese Embassy in Canberra in each year from 1965 to 1970 inclusive.

(2)   Who has been chosen to represent Australia in 1971.

Mr Sinclair - The answer to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

(1)   and (2) The guest list for National Day receptions in Canberra is the prerogative of the Embassy concerned. The Department of Foreign Affairs does not choose individuals to represent

Australia; its function is limited to providing tha most senior Minister or official who has accepted an Invitation with advice on protocol arrangements for proposing the toast.

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