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Friday, 26 July 1946


Mr ANTHONY (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Does the Prime Minister intend to use government instrumentalities for the purpose of furthering the political propaganda of the Australian Labour party during the forthcoming campaign? If go, does the right honorable gentleman consider that such a practice is right and proper? I ask those questions because a large advertisement is appearing in newspapers throughout Australia, depicting the Prime Minister, as usual, smoking his pipe, and modestly praising his own leadership and disparaging that of the Opposition. At the foo.t of the advertisement the following words appear: -

The Australian Labour party seeks your support in presenting the truth about its policy to the Australian people. Donations addressed to the campaign trustees, j. B. Chifley or H. V. Evatt, Ms.P., Commonwealth Offices, Sydney, will be acknowledged and constructively applied.

Does the Prime Minister consider that the Commonwealth Offices, Sydney, should be used for this purpose ? Are Commonwealth officials engaged in acknowledging those donations? If io, will the. right honorable gentleman inform the House how much has been received to date?







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