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Thursday, 26 August 1937

Senator GUTHRIE (VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General if his attention hasbeen directed to the following statement which appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald of to-day : -

A meeting held last night at the Bondi School of Arts, under the auspices of the Waverley branch of the Communist party, passed a resolution pledging itself to work to defeat the Lyons Government at the federal elections and return a Labour government.

The Mayor of Waverley (Alderman Fieldhouse) presided.

Mr.R. McWilliams said that the Communist party did not desire to have candidates because they believed there would be a swing towards labour, and when the Labour partywas elected the communists would want it to function in the interests of the Communist party.

Also, is the Minister aware that communist literature isbeing transmitted through the post office to a much greater extent than everbeforein the history of the Commonwealth, and will some action be taken to check it?

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