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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 1951

Senator YOUNG (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct a question to the Minister for Foreign Affairs in response to his non-answer to Senator Withers. Is it a correct interpretation of the Prime Minister's statement that Australia's aspirations are being symbolised more with China than any other nation and that the Australian Government desires to have the closest identification between Australia's policies and China's policies? If not, will the Minister himself give his interpretation of what the Prime Minister meant?

Senator WILLESEE -I would say no. It is always very dangerous to take 2 countries of any sort and claim that the policies of one are similar to those of the other. The honourable senator does not say whether he is referring to internal, fiscal, developmental, mineral or natural resources policies. It is a pretty wide question to answer. The honourable senator wants me to give an interpretation of what the Prime Minister meant. I have already declined to do that.

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