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Tuesday, 15 May 1973
Page: 2052

Mr FOX (HENTY, VICTORIA) - Is the Prime Minister aware that last Wednesday's issue of the 'Canberra Times' carried a report of the Press conference which he held on the preceding day? Is he aware that the report stated that, in answer to a question directed to him about whether he had received any response from the Chinese Government to his protest note on the nuclear tests, he said that the protest to China was oral so there would be no written response? Is the Prime Minister aware that on last Wednesday's 'A.M.' program Dr Fitzgerald, Australia's Ambassador to China, stated that his predecessor, Mr Cotterill,' lodged a protest note with the Chinese Assistant Minister? ls this another instance of the Prime Minister not being informed of actions taken by his Ministers or his departmental officers on matters which are under his direct control?

Mr WHITLAM - I did not read the newspaper account. I did not hear 'A.M.'

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