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Thursday, 29 November 1973
Page: 4081

Mr SPEAKER - Honourable members will recall that, on 7 November, the honourable member for Casey (Mr Mathews) in a question asked the Prime Minister (Mr Whitlam) whether consideration could be given to the Parliament recognising the winning of the Nobel Prize for Literature by Mr Patrick White. At the suggestion of the Prime Minister, and with the concurrence of other Party Leaders, I communicated with Mr White inviting him to take a seat on the floor of the House in recognition of his splendid achievement. I have now received the following reply from Mr White:

Dear Mr Cope,

Thank you for your telegram inviting me to the House. Unfortunately, this is the kind of situation to which my nature does not easily adapt itself. I have received congratulations from the Prime Minister, from friends, and from hundreds of Australians unknown to me. It is gratifying and moving that so many people from such varied walks of life should have wanted to express their enthusiasm. So may we, please, leave it at that?

Yours sincerely,

Patrick White

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