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Tuesday, 6 November 1973
Page: 1521

Senator WOOD (QUEENSLAND) - I desire to ask the Leader of the Government in the Senate a question. Was the Prime Minister's statement in China that With no nation is our aspiration symbolised more than it is with China' the considered opinion of the Labor Government? As China is a communist country, did Mr Whitlam mean that Australia is in accord with the communist philosophy? If he believes in this silly statement, how does he reconcile the fact that China does not have any opposition party and does not have unions or allow strikes? As Mr Whitlam now believes that it is a case of all the way with Chou En-lai, does he not consider this dangerous because of the fact that he said 'It was the most momentus mission ever to have left Australia '?

Senator MURPHY - I thank the honourable senator for having drawn the attention of the Senate to the extremely successful visit made by the Prime Minister to China as well as to other parts. I have no doubt that the Prime Minister's visit was taken by the people of Australia as a great success in helping to overcome the lack of harmony and the fears which had been fomented over the years by the Opposition when it was in government. As to the precise attitudes which the Prime Minister has in regard to these matters I have no doubt that he will be making a statement to the Parliament on what happened during his visit. The honourable senator will have ample opportunity to pursue the futile line which his Party has pursued over the years. The Government wants friendly relations with other countries and we are seeking to promote them. The era when government was seeking to gain political advantage by fomenting troubles with other countries has gone, and the Australian people are thankful that it has gone.

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