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Wednesday, 20 March 1957


Mr KILLEN (Moreton) .- During the last sessional period, I directed the attention of the House to a booklet written by a gentleman by the name of Dr. Burton. On that occasion the booklet, which was entitled "The Light Glows Brighter ", carried the imprimatur of the right honorable member for Barton (Dr. Evatt) and the federal president of the Australian Labour party. When I directed the attention of the House to some of the contents of that booklet, a number of honorable gentlemen on the opposite side of the House rose to their feet and declared quite vigorously that it represented sound Labour policy. The honorable member for Parkes (Mr. Haylen) comes immediately to my mind as one who made a statement approximating that sentiment. The honorable member for Hindmarsh (Mr. Clyde Cameron) also joined him on that occasion.

It now appears that another booklet has been written by Dr. Burton. On this occasion it is entitled " Labour in Transition ". I think that is a misnomer, and that a far more appropriate title would be " The Light Grows Redder ". On this occasion the booklet of Dr. Burton does not carry in printed form the imprimatur of the right honorable the Leader of the Opposition, nor does it carry the declared approval of the federal president of the Australian

Labour party. However, what I desire to direct the attention of the House to this evening is that the theme of this booklet is democratic socialism, a rather curious combination of terms. The theme of the rather tragic federal conference of the Australian Labour party in Brisbane was also democratic socialism. The federal president of the Australian Labour party admitted that he understood New South Wales delegates had taken copies of the pamphlet to the conference. That would immediately indicate that Dr. Burton, in preparing this booklet, had some prior knowledge of the theme that the conference was going to take. To prepare a pamphlet of this description, to have it printed, have it proofed, and have it distributed in a little under a week and then to suggest otherwise would be completely unreal and plainly absurd. I suggest and submit this evening that there has been collusion in the preparation of this booklet between some leading member of the Opposition and Dr. John Burton who, incidentally, in my opinion, commands one of the most shameful records of service in this country. One remembers the occasion when he deserted his post in Ceylon and. came back to this country. There was collusion in the preparation of this document. I further suggest that there is every indication that none other than the right honorable the Leader of the Opposition worked with Dr. Burton in the preparation of this pamphlet. 1 do not propose to read to the House at any length - or indeed to read at all - from this document. I only suggest that if every person in this country could read this document he would see precisely where the Australian Labour party is going. Here, in unashamed form, is calculated Marxism. The Leader of the Opposition has, tacitly at any rate, approved of this document and the honorable member for Lalor (Mr. Pollard), if he has been correctly reported, has also approved of this document.I repeat that there has been collusion in the preparation of this document. It is high time the Australian Labour partyrealized the evil influence that the right honorable member for Barton exerts over it and relieved him of his office.

Question resolved in the affirmative.







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