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Friday, 22 May 1936

Senator J V MACDONALD (QUEENSLAND) - Has the attention of the Leader of the Senate been directed to the following telegram, published in the Sydney Daily Telegraph, of yesterday's date: -



W.   G. Tracey, leader of the Nationalist Socialist Party of Western Australia, said to-day, " My blueshirts' will meet force with force ".

He said that the movement was 1,000 strong at the end of 1935, and that the membership was still growing, with a large following in the timber and gold-fields areas. The organization is organized on Hitler's Nazis. Its public manifesto states that it proposes to abolish the present system of Government, and substitute a grand council of the Nationalist Socialist Party.

If so, can the Minister say what action, if any, will be taken by the Government under the Crimes Act to meet this growing menace?

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE.InWestern Australia we are cursed with cranks, but I believe that the proportion is not larger than in any other State. Judging from the extravagant statements made by the gentleman referred to, I should say that he is either harmless or that, later, he will be dealt with by the State authorities.

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