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Friday, 12 June 1970

Dr PATTERSON (DAWSON, QUEENSLAND) - I direct a question to the Minister for Repatriation. I refer to the irresponsible statement he made at Maryborough when he opened the Queensland Returned Services League conference in which he referred to large numbers of Australians wanting to see Australia under Communism and Australia to be defeated by the Communists in Vietnam. Did the Minister say privately that the Australian Labor Party also had this view about wanting a Communist victory in Vietnam?

Government supporters - Well, don't you?

Dr PATTERSON - The honourable members opposite are more irresponsible than is the Minister. As this kind of irresponsibility is to be deplored by every decent Australian and as this is a most serious allegation, will he tell the House now who are these people who want to see Australia defeated by the Communists and who want to see Australia under Communist rule? In other words will he put up or shut up?

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