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Wednesday, 12 April 1972
Page: 998

Senator CARRICK (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. (1) Has the Government any information as to whether Lin Pao, the former Deputy Premier of the People's Republic of China, is alive or dead? (2) If it is believed that he is dead, is there any information as to the nature of and reasons for his death? (3) Would it not be a matter for proper inquiry and debate at the United Nations level that the Deputy Premier and heir apparent of numerically the largest nation on earth can disappear without explanation being offered for his disappearance?

Senator WRIGHT - I approach the problem of penetrating this mystery in a reply to a question without notice with some hesitancy. I feel that in a matter of such importance T should ask for precision in the answer and I therefore ask the honourable senator to put the question on the notice paper.

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