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Wednesday, 2 May 1973
Page: 1556

Mr FAIRBAIRN (FARRER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I desire to ask the Prime Minister a question in his capacity as Foreign Minister. Is it correct, as reported, that President Thieu, the President of South Vietnam, is proposing to visit Australia and other countries in our neighbourhood in the near future? If this is so, will the Prime Minister welcome this visit from the head of a friendly country with which we have long had diplomatic relations? If he proposes to welcome President Thieu how can he permit one of his most senior Ministers to welcome to Australia members of the Vietcong, an organisation dedicated to overthrow the Government of that friendly country?

Mr WHITLAM - No approach has been made by or on behalf of President Thieu to visit Australia. I do not know of any proposed visit by President Thieu to any neighbouring countries.

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