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Tuesday, 22 May 1973
Page: 2369

Mr SNEDDEN - My question is addressed to the Prime Minister. The honourable gentleman was in the House this morning when the Leader of the House said that the Parliament would continue to sit next week. I ask the honourable gentleman whether he will undertake unequivocally to make a statement this week on foreign affairs and agree, again unequivocally, to provide adequate time next week for the purpose of that foreign affairs statement being debated? In the course of making that statement, will he give details to the House of what he has attempted to achieve in foreign affairs and the degree of success that he assesses he has had, so that that can form a measure for debate and judgment by the House?

Mr WHITLAM - I am as anxious as the honourable gentleman to let the people know the achievements of the Australian Government in the field of foreign affairs. I am as frustrated as anyone in the place that I cannot get the opportunity to deliver this statement. I am optimistic in view of the fact that we will be sitting longer that I will be able to make the statement, and I hope that honourable members in general will then see that the proceedings of the House are directed to relevant issues so that this supremely important statement can be properly debated.

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