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Tuesday, 9 November 1971
Page: 3207

Mr Morrison asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   Did Mr William Bundy of the State Department of the United States of America or another senior member of President Johnson's administration visit Australia in December 1964 or January 1965.

(2)   If so, (a) was the visit made public, (b) what was the purpose of the visit and (c) with whom were discussions held.

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

No senior members of the United States Government visited Australia in December 1964 or January 1965. A reference in the so-called Pentagon Papers to a visit by Mr William Bundy in December 1964 was not correct.

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