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Tuesday, 27 November 1973
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Senator SIM - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister having, with customary immodesty, declared himself the greatest- the new Cassiusand also having expressed great admiration for Mao Tse-tung, I ask: Will the Minister draw the attention of the Prime Minister to one of Mao's thoughts; 'We should be modest and prudent. We should guard against arrogance and rashness and serve the people heart and soul'? Will he advise the Prime Minister that those who ignore these thoughts are likely to be regarded by Mao as bourgeois revisionists?

Senator MURPHY -The Prime Minister, in his role as Minister for Foreign Affairs, has done a great deal for Australia. He has created friendships around the world. He has opened up a vision of Australia which is a far greater vision than that which existed under the previous Government. I know that many Australians were ashamed of Australia's role in foreign affairs under the previous Government. The previous Government refused to recognise the existence of Communist China and refused to treat with reason and tolerance various countries, the doors to which have now been opened. It was regrettable to hear the honourable senator speak of the Prime Minister in the way that he did. Recalling the honourable senator's contribution to foreign affairs, I think he should remember some other Chinese proverbs, including the one which is translated as: 'Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones'.

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