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Tuesday, 3 April 1973
Page: 964

Mr McMAHON (Lowe) - I wish to make a personal explanation.

Mr SPEAKER - Does the right honourable gentleman claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr McMAHON - I claim to have been misrepresented by the Prime Minister (Mr Whitlam). You, Sir, will remember that he said that there was, in effect, a specific invitation for Mr Bijedic to visit Australia last month, that is the month of March, immediately before the statement made by Senator Murphy in another place. The fact is that a general invitation was issued to the Yugoslav Government for its Prime Minister to visit Australia. It was issued by Sir John McEwen who was then Minister for Trade. It was a general invitation. There was also a very general invitation for me to visit Yugoslavia and 1 had not specifically accepted it. What the Prime Minister is doing is trying to create the impression that a specific invitation was given to Mr Bijedic. That is not true. He is not accurate in his facts, and I think he should go back again and check with his Department.

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