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Thursday, 15 October 1964

Mr SNEDDEN (BRUCE, VICTORIA) (Attorney-General) - The Leader of the Opposition askedme a series of questions along the same lines earlier this week. I indicated that at that time I could not answer them seriatim, but, with the question put in its present form, I think I can give an answer.

The case to which I refer is that of Sachs and Dupreez, reported in South African Law Reports, Witwatersrand Division, 1946. The report commences at page 94.

Mr Calwell - You are not going to read the lot, are you?

Mr SNEDDEN - I shall not attempt to read the whole of the report, but I assure the Leader of the Opposition that he can obtain a copy of it either from me - I shall hand it to him - or from the Parliamentary Library. I shall read just a very short portion of the report because what the honorable gentleman objected to was my statement that Mr. Sachs had sworn in evidence that he was a Communist. That was in a case heard in 1945. I quote the following passage from the judgment of the trial judge on that occasion -

The plaintiff in evidence admitted that be was a Communist.

I shall not trouble the House by reading the whole of the judgment. I shall just read one other portion. The trial judge said -

I am thus of the opinion that the plaintiff not only spread Communism but that by making use of the " Garment Worker " for that purpose he did so improperly.

The "Garment Worker" was the official organ of the Garment Workers Union, of which the gentleman concerned - Mr. Sachs - was secretary. As I indicated, the report is available to the Leader of the Opposition. I shall make a copy of it available personally, or, if he wishes, it can be obtained from the Parliamentary Library.

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