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Wednesday, 19 June 1946


Mr CALWELL (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) (Minister for Immigration) - It -is 'a fact that I addressed a very large and enthusiastic meeting of workers at Richards Brothers Limited in South Australia and that the photograph which was reproduced in the Adelaide Advertiser of the 24th May last was a picture- of myself and some of the large audience that assembled there. It is also true that there was a galvanized wire netting fence between me and the workers. That, however, was not due to any lack of desire on my part to make closer contact with my audience, nor to a desire on the part of my audience to keep away from me; it was due to the fact that the very conservative people who manage Richards

Brothers Limited are so antiquated in their ideas that they will not allow anybody but their own employees into their factory during working hours. I am sure that if the honorable member had gone there to address a meeting in the circumstances in which I addressed it, he would have stood where I stood - but with this difference, there would not have been anybody there to listen to him.







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