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Prime Minister Gough Whitlam with Premier Zhou Enlai in China, 1973.

Prime Minister Gough Whitlam with Premier Zhou Enlai in China, 1973.


NAA: A6135, K15/11/73/20

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"In the generally undistinguished and often tawdry atmosphere of Australian national politics, it is impossible to deny the Whitlam government a certain grandeur."

Clem Lloyd and Gordon Reid, 1974