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Tuesday, 27 November 1973
Page: 3875

Mr NIXON (GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA) - My question is supplementary to that of the honourable member for Parramatta. I ask the Prime Minister: Who is conducting Australia's foreign policy? Will the Prime Minister make it clear beyond doubt to the Australian people and the world that the policies of the Government are those stated and carried out by the Government, and not by the political head of the Government Party- that is, the President of the ALP? Does the Prime Minister agree that there is damaging confusion both inside and outside Australia as a result of Mr Hawke's intrusion in the Middle East situation? Will the Prime Minister make certain that Mr Hawke's statements are not taken as an expression of Government policy?

Mr WHITLAM - Mr Hawke has been at pains to state that his views are his personal views. The foreign policy of the Government, of course, is conducted by the Foreign Minister, Senator Willesee, in consultation with his colleagues in the Government.

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