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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 1951

Senator MAUNSELL (QUEENSLAND) - I direct my question to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Is it a fact that Mr Pai as Chinese Minister of Overseas Trade conducted trade negotiations with the Minister for Overseas Trade, Dr Cairns? Did he visit Australia as the guest of Dr Cairns? Has he since been purged?

Senator WILLESEE -The honourable senator asks whether trade negotiations were conducted with Dr Cairns. I think that if our Minister for Overseas Trade went overseas he would deal with the trade Minister in the other country concerned. So I assume the answer to that question is yes. I do not remember whether Mr Pai came to Australia and I do not know whether he has been purged.

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