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Friday, 12 July 1946

Mr CALWELL (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) (Minister for Immigration) - I should have liked the Prime Minister to answer the honorable member's question, because the right honorable gentleman knows why he proposes to fly to Melbourne this afternoon. I do not know who told the representative of the Melbourne Argus of the intended visit of the Prime Minister to that city. I heard of it yesterday, and I have an appointment with the right honorable gentleman in. Melbourne this evening. The matters that we propose to discuss, and the other matters to which the Prime Minister will give attention, will, I am sure, have nothing to do with any alleged split in the Labour party in Victoria over communism. For many years I have been a member of the central executive of the Labour party in that State. It consists of leaders of the Labour movement in Victoria, in both the industrial and political spheres, and is a very able body. It has perfect control of the Labour movement in the State. No split is threatened and none is likely. This canard, which apparently originated in the office of the Melbourne Argus, is what one would expect to emanate from Fascist head-quarters in that State. The office of that newspaper is popularly known as Fascist headquarters, and one has only to look at the madman controlling it, Mr. Errol Knox, and some of those who work for him, such as Mr. Rasmussen, who used to be an Argus scribe in Canberra to believe that anything could emanate from the Argus office about any subject. Honorable members and the people generally should take no notice of what appears in that newspaper.

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