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Tuesday, 10 November 1959

(18)   On the 24th and 25th October, 1959, a special meeting of a plenum of the central committee was held in Sydney at 52 Phillip-street. This was called at the express instance of Mr. E. F. Hill, primarily to discuss party work around the forthcoming congress. Mr. Hill took the opportunity of discussing with a number of those present aproposed attack on the Security Service in view of its activities. Mr. Hill also put forward a plan to start a campaign to discredit the Security Service, which included a revival of material used during the hearings of the Petrov

Commission, which was designed by the party to destroy its credit. This was approved. In the Communist " Guardian " of 29th October, 1959, an article appeared which demanded, amongst other things, the disbandment of the Security Service. The discussions at this meeting indicate that the Communist Party of Australia will come out even more strongly in support of the congress, but as they now believe that innocuous resolutions will emanate they will support them, providing that they do not criticize world Communist policy.

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