Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Full Day's HansardDownload Full Day's Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Thursday, 13 October 1955


Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) . - It is amusing to hear the honorable member for Yarra (Mr. Keon) refer to another honorable member as one who shivered in his shoes every time Mr. Dougherty opened the door. No one knows better than does the honorable member for Yarra the identity of the person who shivered in his shoes when Mr. Dougherty opened the door and gave him the opportunity to explain why he made a secret visit to Sydney some time ago in order to obtain the services of an officer of the Australian Workers Union, one Bielski, in order that Bielski should be corrupted and induced to work against the organization that paid his salary in an endeavour to defeat Mr. Davis in a ballot for the position of secretary of the Victorian branch of the union. Mr. Dougherty gave the honorable member for Yarra, who is the person concerned, an opportunity to meet Mr. Bielski in his office in order to substantiate the denial that the honorable member had made in relation to Bielski. Mr. Bielski was then able to reveal other interesting facts concerning the honorable member for Yarra, and no doubt it is because this little plan came unstuck that the honorable member for Yarra and his friends are now so bitterly opposed to Mr. Dougherty. It was subsequently revealed that the honorable member for Yarra, had addressed a meeting of the

Polish community in Sydney at the invitation of a Mr. Krieger. His speech so much impressed the people present that they asked Mr. Krieger at a subsequent meeting why the honorable member for Yarra was not a member of the Liberal party. Mr. Krieger replied that the honorable member was a Liberal, but knew that he could not win a workingclass seat like Yarra as a Liberal candidate. For that reason he said it was excellent tactics for the honorable member for Yarra to continue to run as a Labour man, although he is really a Liberal man. Mr. Krieger is no mean personage, cither.


Mr Davis - The honorable member is getting all mixed up.


Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - It is almost impossible to get mixed up about this matter because Mr. Krieger came out to Australia on the very same boat as Dr. Bialoguski. Dr. Bialoguski is the bosom pal of the honorable member for Yarra and was able to tell the honorable member's friend, Mr. Santamaria, fifteen months before Petrov defected, what was going to happen. Dr. Bialoguski was ultimately exposed by the Leader of the Opposition (Dr. Evatt). That also constituted another reason why the honorable member for Yarra and those who sit with him had to oppose the Leader of the Opposition.

Nobody has had more disagreements with Mr. Dougherty than I have had, and T guarantee that nobody else in Australia can make that claim. I have had more disagreements with him than I have had with anybody else and I guarantee that he has had more disagreements with me than he has had with anybody else. I have fought him always when I thought I was right, and I bet he. always fought me when he thought he was right. Nobody can say that Tom Dougherty has not a. ton of " guts " or that he has not been a damn good Labour man.

Honorable members interjecting,


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER

The honorable member must moderate bis language.







Suggest corrections