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Wednesday, 27 February 1952

Mr SPEAKER - Order ! The honorable gentleman must address his question to. only one person at the one time.

Mr WENTWORTH - I submit, Mr. Speaker, that the Standing Orders make provision for the asking of supplementary questions. I ask the Prime Minister whether he is aware that a member of this Parliament recently publicly expressed the view that soldiers fighting in Korea under the flag of the United Nations should be told that they are not fighting for the purpose of keeping South Korea free, but that they have become embroiled in extending and strengthening American imperialism in Asia? Does the right honorable gentleman agree that such a statement by a member of the Aus tralian Parliament at this time, when Australian men are dying in Korea in defence of Australia and the freedom of the world, is harmful? Does he agree that any party in the Parliament which continues to harbour such a member automatically brands itself as a party of treason? Will he undertake to initiate immediately proceedings for the expulsion of any such member from his party?

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