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Thursday, 4 April 1957


Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - It was not. He was paralysed, and was unable to leave his home. When he was well enough, the honorable member for Kennedy was in his place in the caucus, and at no stage did be hesitate to state where he stood in this matter.

Reverting to the statements made by the honorable member for Mackellar, 1 remind honorable members of his statement concerning the unity ticket and the ballot in the Australian Engineering Union. Associated with the Australian Engineering Union ballots, there is an organization known as the rank and file committee. This committee is sponsored and financed by the grouper friends of the honorable member for Mackellar. I have in my hand a photostat copy of the instruction sent out by the committee in connexion with the Australian Engineering Union ballot. It is as follows: -

For a number of years the rules of this union have prohibited a candidate from issuing or causing to be issued printed, duplicated, cyclostyled or typewritten matter, lt is usual therefore to confine the How-to-Vote material &c. to handwritten letters ... In this election members will have posted to them printed How-to-Vote circulars supporting Arthur Horsburgh. This circular has been authorized by a Rank and File Committee. In the course of the canvass members may be asked about this or about the Rank and File Committee. They should quite truthfully say that they do not know who issued the printed propaganda, nor do they know any one associated with the Rank and File Committee. If you happen to have a printed How-to-Vote in your pocket do not show it.

Persons canvassing should merely state that they are canvassing for support for Arthur Horsburgh in the A.E.U. election.


Mr SPEAKER - Order ! The honorable member's time has expired.


Mr Wentworth - I wish to make a personal explanation. Since personal remarks have been made by the honorable member for Hindmarsh (Mr. Clyde Cameron)-


Mr SPEAKER - Order! Does the honorable member claim to have been misrepresented?


Mr Wentworth - Of course.


Mr SPEAKER - ls the honorable member claiming that he has been misrepresented or misunderstood?


Mr Wentworth - Yes. 1 have denied in the House frequently - I do not propose to go all over it again - some of the things the honorable member for Hindmarsh has said. I made a full statement in this House about a fortnight ago in connexion with recent incidents, and I have nothing to add now.







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