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Wednesday, 24 October 1973
Page: 2581


Mr WENTWORTH (MACKELLAR, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Minister for Services and Property and relates specifically to the administration of his portfolio. My question is based on the book 'Labor to Power' which reveals that the somewhat narrow Australian Labor Party electoral victory of 2 December last was due largely to a lavishly financed, skilfully contrived and quite unscrupulous public relations campaign directed by an agency, Hansen Rubensohn-McCann Erickson Pty Ltd, which is a multi-national corporation 100 per cent owned from New York and which, incidentally, still acts for the Australian Labor Party and is privy to its plans. I ask: In drafting the legislation which he has forecast to this House will he include a provision prohibiting the participation of multi-national corporations in Commonwealth politics either as agents for political parties in election campaigns or as agents for underground public relations activities between such campaigns?


Mr DALY (GRAYNDLER, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Services and Property) - According to what the honourable member has said here, he sleeps with his eyes open and talks with his mouth shut. Let me say that I understand that the advertising company was a purely Australian company that was taken over by a multi-national corporation during the time of office of the Government of which the honourable member was a Minister. I advise him that the multinational company to which he referred is totally different from those which subscribe to Liberal Party funds. We pay it, it does not pay us.







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