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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 4272

Mr Lloyd asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   Has his attention been drawn to the most successful exhibition of archaeological finds of the People's Republic of China now being staged in London.

(2)   Did he see in Peking the companion funeral jade suit to the one which is creating tremendous interest at the exhibition.

(3)   Will he endeavour to have the exhibition come to Australia before its return to China.

Mr Whitlam - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Yes, in 1971.

(3)   The matter has been taken up by the Visual Arts Board of the Australian Council for the Arts and the procedures and costs that would be involved if the Government of the People's Republic of China were to allow the exhibition to come to Australia are being examined.

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