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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 3583

Mr FitzPATRICK - Is the Minister for Labour able to inform the House whether the Government has yet considered whether Australia will host the 1975 Asian Labour Ministers Conference?

Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The Australian Government, at the Asian Labour Minister's Conference in Tokyo this year, was invited to host the 1975 Asian Labour Ministers Conference. That Australia should have been chosen at that Tokyo Conference to host this terribly important Asian Conference was a great honour bestowed on the Australian people. Members of the House will be pleased to know, I am sure, that we have with us today a delegation from the Japanese worker movement who are visiting Australia.

Honourable members - Hear, Hear!

Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - This visit indicates the importance which the Japanese Government pays to the whole question of creating a better understanding between our 2 countries. The young men and women who are here today will, I am sure, be able to contribute a tremendous amount to the growing friendship between our 2 great countries. I have discussed this matter with the Prime Minister and I am pleased now to be able to announce that the Government will host the Asian Labour Ministers Conference in 1975.

Mr Whitlam - And there will be a statesman in the chair.

Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - As the Prime Minister points out, there will be a statesman in the chair. At the Asian Labour Ministers Conference, in Tokyo, I was appointed vicechairman. All present joined in saying that my chairmanship was something that was to be envied. I must say that I felt that they were quite sincere in this statement. In public life, one usually knows when one is doing a good job and when one is not, and I knew that I was at my best in Tokyo. It was a splendid conference. Great credit is due to the Government of Mr Tanaka for the way in which that Conference was organised. The Japanese delegation which is present today will be gratified to know that the Prime Minister himself will officially receive them shortly.

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