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Wednesday, 17 July 1946

Mr ABBOTT (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the Acting Attorney-General seen a report in this morning's press giving extracts of the final report of the royal commission in Canada on Communist and Soviet activity in that country, wherein it is stated that communism in democratic countries changed long ago from a political party into a Soviet instrument for creating unrest and provocation? The report urges that Canada's security measures should be co-ordinated and strengthened to prevent agents from infiltrating into positions of trust in the Government.

Has any action been taken by the Government to investigate communistic activities ih Australia? In view of the report of the Canadian royal commission, is any counter espionage work being carried out in Australia to circumvent the operations of enemy agents?

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