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Thursday, 7 May 1970

Mr COHEN (Robertson) - I rise today because of the concerted attacks by. honourable members on the other side of the House over the last couple of days on the Labor Party by trying to associate its members with the Communist Party. I am pleased to see that the honourable members for Boothby (Mr McLeay) and La Trobe (Mr Jess) have gone to their seats so that they can interject. We listened last night to the honourable member for Griffith (Mr Donald Cameron) give one of his magnificent contributions and someone asked why he was not over there in Vietnam fighting - he was just the right age. I had a vision of a young man, fit and strong and a first class example of Australian manhood who ought to be in uniform. My vision was that the honourable member looked excellent. I could see the headlines in the Press: 'When

Donnie goes off to war' and then 'When Donnie comes marching home again'. What a basis that would be for his political career in the future.

We heard the honourable member for La Trobe give his thirteenth or fourteenth anti-Communist diatribe. It would be interesting to know whether he could talk about any other subject, for example, pollution, environment, pensions, health or any other 1 of the tremendous issues that the people of Australia are concerned about other than the anti-Communist tactic. This is just about par for the course. We do not expect much in the way of contribution from those honourable members. But again, again and again we have heard them talk about us for not criticising North Vietnam. There has never been one of you who has ever criticised your own Government. In the United States of America the whole Senate is completely divided. One after another senators have come out against American involvement. There is not 1 of you who will ever come out against it. Senator Fulbright, Senator Mansfield, Senator Hughes and Senator Percy have come out ] after the other in opposition to the involvement. They not only have questioned American involvement but are straight out opposed to it.

Mr Holten - That is 3 out of 100.

Mr COHEN - Well, over 50 have come out against it and they are talking about impeaching the President of the United States. The honourable member for Griffith said that he wanted to know where the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Whitlam) stood. It is an old business to say: 'You cannot trust Gough - he does not know where he stands'. If you read his statements and if you had gone to the front of Parliament House and listened to what he said yesterday, you would know damn well where he stood and where he has stood all the time. He is totally and completely opposed to you and your involvement in Vietnam.

Guilt by association is one of the great tactics you use. Out in front of Parliament House yesterday it was members of the Nazi Party who were suporting the Government's position. That means, of course, that you are all Nazis if you use the same tactic or the same implication as you have with us in regard to some of the other associations. Today the honourable member for Boothby has given 1 of his few contributions since his return from Rhodesia. We have been waiting for him to get up and say what legislation he was going to introduce from Rhodesia - legislation which he admired, and what he thought would be applicable to Australian conditions. But he has not brought down some of these private members' Bills yet. What about the Ustashi that so many of your colleagues are associated with? A previous Minister for Immigration stood on a platform and behind him was a picture of a famous Nazi Party leader. When he was asked about it he said: 'Oh, I thought he was the President of the club'. That former Minister for Immigration is now somewhere else. What about the League of Rights? Other honourable members in this House have told me privately that this has riddled branches of the Liberal Party. The Minister for the Navy (Mr Killen) is such an admirer of Eric Butler. If you ever feel that you are democrats and support the League of Rights, get hold of some of Eric Butler's earlier contributions to Australian literature and read works such as 'Voices of Hate'. Then you will be enlightened about the sort of people who support you and the sort of people you support.

You suddenly found that you were interested about Vietnam in 1960. Most of you did not know where it was.

Mr Turnbull - I rise on a point of order. I want to be consistent. When the honourable member for Wills was speaking I drew attention to the fact that the House would appreciate it if he would make his speech and seek what he wants to know through the Chair. The same applies to this speaker. In his speech he is saying: 'You, you, you', all the time. The honourable member should direct his remarks through the Chair.

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