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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 2936

Mr IAN ROBINSON (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question to the Prime Minister is supplementary to the question asked earlier by the Leader of the Australian Country Party. I refer to the references made to previous visits to the United States by Sir Robert Menzies and the Prime Minister's comment in which he said that he did not make arrangements very long ahead. I ask the Prime Minister: Will he now cease acting like a bull in a china shop and follow longestablished protocol in accord with proper diplomatic approaches in this matter in order to avoid unnecessary embarrassment to Australia and the United States of America? Will he make appropriate public statements as arrangements and negotiations for his visit proceed?

Mr WHITLAM - The words I used were that the arrangements made by Sir Robert Menzies were not made 'that far ahead', by which I meant 8 weeks ahead. Certainly appropriate statements will be made by me. All the statements I have made have been appropriate.

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