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Wednesday, 10 July 1946

Mr CALWELL (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) (Minister for Immigration) - This issue of the Sydney Daily Telegraph, published in 1932, with its banner head-lines " Preparation for Civil War ", and its allegation that the Labour party in New South Wales, two days before a general election, was preparing to seize power and to drive the Commonwealth Government out of Canberra, makes the faked Zinoviev letter in England in 1924 and the plan of the Nazis to burn the Reichstag in order that they might win an electoral victory pale into comparative insignificance.

Mr Harrison - Curse the press !

Mr CALWELL - The propaganda of the Liberal party will again make the people of Australia curse that organization. I recall also that in 1940 the United Australia party, now the Liberal party, published for propaganda purposes a libellous and lying poster stating, " While Labour fiddles London burns ", and urging support for United Australia party candidates. These are the people who in 1917 adopted the slogan " Ryan, too, spells ruin ". Their propaganda methods are rather miserable at any time, and by comparison, the advertisement which appeared last week urging support for Labour party candidates was not deserving of condemnation or criticism. It was a healthy, clean and clever piece of satire, and the Opposition just " can't take it ".

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