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Thursday, 4 April 1946


Mr Blain n asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Has his attention been drawn to the fact that a person named John Smith Garden is employed in the Government service and is provided with a luxurious suite or room on the parliamentary floor of the Commonwealth Bank Building', Sydney?

2.   In what capacity is this person employed, and what is his salary?

3.   Is he the same John Smith Garden who (a) was dismissed or removed from the Defence Department for dishonesty or otherwise dealt with by the department after the last Avar; (b) was general secretary of the Communist party and a member of the Comintern executive in 1923-35; (c) renounced his British allegiance at that time: (d) published a Communist paper in which the British Royal Family were accused of degeneracy and perversion; and (e) owns and published a journal, The Record?

4.   Will he have that paper perused to discover whether it battens on the relatives of deceased servicemen?

5.   Is the person named fit to be employed in the Commonwealth Service?

6.   Will he ascertain what office Mr. Garden pecupies or has occupied within the past three years in the political organization of the Minister for Transport?


Mr Chifley - The information sought by the honorable member is being obtained.

Australian Women's Land Army: Representation in London Victory March.

Mr.Chifley. - On the 26th March the honorable member for Hume (Mr. Fuller) asked the following question -

In view of the yeoman service rendered to Australia during the war by the Australian Women's Land Army, in work which was laborious and demanded great physical endurance, will the Prime Minister give earnest consideration to the representation of that body in the London victory march?

I now inform the honorable member that the Government approval was for a force 250 strong to be sent from Australia to participate in the Victory Celebrations in London, representative of the three services and including the nursing services and women's services, composed on a basis of representation proportional to the relative war strengths of the three Services, and selected as far as possible from personnel with distinguished service. The total proportionate allocation for the Australian women's services is nineteen, and, whilst the valuable service rendered by the Women's Land Army and other organizations that assisted in the war effort is fully appreciated, it is regretted that the Government cannot see its way clear to vary the decision already reached by including in the contingent other than members of thearmed forces.


Mr Fadden (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) n asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Did he receive the following telegram from Mr. A. J. Servin, State president of the Demobilized Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen's Association, Brisbane: - "With reference to the exclusion of Land Army girls from the Victory Contingent for London, the general feeling appears to be support for the inclusion of the Land Army girls and that these girls should receive far greater recognition by the Government than at present. We plead even at this late hour for reconsideration by your Government and immediate action to have representative Land Army girls from each State attend the London victory parade."?

2.   If so, in view of this request and a request received direct by the right honorable member for Darling Downs from the Women's Land Army, will he give special consideration to the inclusion of representatives of that body in the victory march, especially in view of the valuable part it played in Australia's war effort?


Mr Chifley - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   Yes.

2.   The Government approval was for a force 250 strong to be sent from Australia to participate in the Victory Celebrations in London, representative of the three services and including the nursing services and women's services, composed on a basis of representation proportional to the relative war strengths of the three services, and selected as far as possible from personnel with distinguished service. The total proportionate allocation for the Australian women's services is nineteen, and whilst the valuable service rendered by the Women's Land Army and other organizations that assisted in the war effort is fully appreciated, it is regretted that the Government cannot see its way clear to vary the decision already reached by including in the contingent other than members of the armed forces.







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