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Tuesday, 15 March 1966


Mr Daly y asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice -

1.   Does his reply to my question 1346 ("Hansard", pages 3730-1) indicate that at the time when certain members of the Communist Party made application for employment in Commonwealth defence establishments, the Commonwealth was aware of the fact that those seeking employment were known members of the Communist Parly?

2.   If so, does this mean that the fact that a person is a known member of the Communist Party does not, of itself, disqualify the person from employment in a Commonwealth defence establishment?

3.   Is it also the view of the Government that a known member of the Communist Party is not a security risk and can be permitted to have access to classified information?


Mr Fairhall - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows - 1 and 2. The fact that a person is a known member of the Communist Party of Australia does not disqualify him from making application for employment in a Commonwealth defence establishment; but a person who is known to be a member of the Communist Party of Australia is not selected for employment in a Commonwealth defence establishment if that employment involves access to classified information.

3.   No.







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