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Tuesday, 15 March 1932

Mr RIORDAN (KENNEDY, QUEENSLAND) - In view of the legislation to be introduced by the Govern ment to deal with Communists, will the Prime Minister state- whether there is any truth in the announcement in the press that, during the last election campaign, the' United Australia party sought the assistance of 1,500 members of the New Guard for the protection of the leader of the United Australia party at the meeting in the Sydney Town Hall, a;t. which he delivered his policy-speech 1 Did the honorable gentleman promise the leader of this rebel organization that, in the event of being returned to office, he would include in his programme a bill for" the deportation of Communists, and was a note written on the margin of the Prime Minister's policy-speech " at the request of Mr. Campbell, the leader of the New Guard ?" Is the Prime Minister aware that Mr. Campbell has defied both- the Commonwealth and the NewSouth Wales Governments in the matter of the payment of his taxes, and advocates the non-payment of taxes until such time as governments carry out their promises to the New Guard?

Mr LYONS - I reply first to the last of the honorable 'member's questions. I have no knowledge of what has taken place between Colonel Campbell and the taxation departments of New South Wales and the Commonwealth. Colonel Campbell made no request that I should include anything in my policy-speech, nor. was any promise given of the kind suggested.

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