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Tuesday, 16 July 1946

Mr CALWELL (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) (Minister for Immigration) - Apparently, it. has been left to me to deal with those portions of the questions which seek to elicit information, and to avoid those portions of it which, in the opinion of some honorable members, may savour of 'propaganda. The firm of J. Walter Thompson and Company has been engaged in a great .deal of political activity in this country. An employee of that firm; named Blaxland, has been endorsed as the Liberal candidate in opposition to the' honorable member for Reid at the next general elections. Representatives of J. Walter- Thompson and Company, and some persons associated with the Century - Mr. Paddison, for one, and Mr. George McAuley for another - are at present touring America ; together, I understand. The honorable member for Reid is therefore entitled to believe that there is a conspiracy on foot, and that it is associated with .the introduction to this country of some rather disreputable newspaper propaganda from the United States of Amenca. I advise the honorable' member not to worry too much about the new blood in the Liberal party ; because the honorable member for Parramatta (Sir Frederick Stewart) had a look at them some little time ago, after he had decided to retire from politics.

Mr SPEAKER - Order ! The Minister is getting off the line of the question.

Mr CALWELL - I conclude by saying that the honorable member for Parramatta, having had a look at the new blood in the Liberal party, said that it" was not worth 2d. a gallon.

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