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Thursday, 1 September 1994
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Senator McKIERNAN (3.56 p.m.) —I suppose that, if one lives long enough, one will see everything. I never envisaged the day when I would stand in this place and defend Graeme Campbell, but I suppose it happens—


Senator Minchin —What about Jack Lang?


Senator McKIERNAN —I am not even going to talk about the late Jack Lang. Jack Lang has been dead for quite a number of years. To the best of my knowledge, since his demise he has not made one reference to the League of Rights, to the leader of any opposition party or to anybody else. I am going to leave the late Jack Lang to rest. Fortunately, or unfortunately, Graeme Campbell is still alive and is still making statements.

  The point that Senator Abetz, in his contribution this afternoon, missed out of the question that I directed to Senator Bolkus yesterday was a question about leaders of political parties. The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Gareth Evans) made the point in response to the question asked of him by Senator Hill that Graeme Campbell is not now, and is not likely to be, now or at any time in the future, the Leader of the Australian Labor Party at a federal or, indeed, at a state level.


Senator Kemp —He got 14 votes.


Senator McKIERNAN —Somebody made a comment about 14 votes. I was actually the returning officer who conducted and counted the ballot for the position of leadership of my party, and to the best of my recollection—and I do not make too many mistakes in the conduct of elections, because there are a lot of people that look at me when I am doing that—Graeme Campbell was not even a candidate for leadership of the Australian Labor Party. I have conducted two ballots for that position. He never was a candidate for leadership of the Australian Labor Party. I can check on that but, to the best of my knowledge, he was not. Graeme Campbell certainly did attend and address a meeting of the League of Rights. His own party has condemned him for

that. He continues to be condemned for that. (Time expired)

  Question resolved in the affirmative.