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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 2931

Mr ANTHONY (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Prime Minister. In view of the disquiet about the Prime Minister's visit to Washington without an organised arrangement for the President to see him, will he reconsider his visit, or is he determined dogmatically to go to Washington irrespective of whether diplomatic arrangements have been made, which would cause enormous repercussions and undue strains between our 2 countries? I ask the Prime Minister to consider the serious consequences of his deliberately going ahead if suitable arrangements have not been made. What the President's reasons are for not extending an invitation - I do not know what they are - it would cause these complications. But, heavens above, there have been enough reasons why he should be reluctant to see a Prime Minister who heaps one insult after another on him.


Mr WHITLAM - 1 regret to see another difference of opinion between the Liberal Party and the Country Party, at least in this House. I noticed that the Leader of the Liberal Party - at least, the Leader of the Liberal Party in the House of Representatives - expressed the perfectly proper view that the Prime Minister of Australia when he visits Washington should meet the President of the United States. It is about time that some people grew up about these things. It is 8 weeks before I will be in Washington. Sir Robert Menzies, who was no mean leader of this country or practitioner of the political arts, went to the United States many times in his life as the bead of government in Australia - and I am informed that arrangements were never made that far ahead of his visit

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