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Wednesday, 14 October 1964

Senator KENNELLY (Victoria) . - The Minister for Works (Senator Gorton) was asked in a very courteous manner what evidence he had to support his very grave assertion. At least Senator Cohen produced the evidence of a court case. 1 do not think it is good enough for the Minister to get up and blatantly try to bulldoze - if I may use that word with respect -his way through the discussion without producing any evidence whatsoever. The submission made by Senator Cohen was very reasonable. It was documented by his reading of the judgment in a court case. Unless the Minister can produce some evidence - and he has not attempted to do so - he should be man enough to admit that he has made a mistake.

Senator Gorton - But I have not.

Senator KENNELLY - If the Minister persists that he is right he should be prepared to submit evidence to the Committee. 1 do not think that any person is entitled to try to bulldoze his way through a debate without supplying any evidence whatsoever.

I heard the " Four Corners " television programme in which this man admitted that he was a member of the Communist Party up to 1931. He said that he was expelled from that party on that date.

Senator Marriott - He naturally would join the Labour Party.

Senator KENNELLY - A number of them have joined your party; make no error about that. All I say is that if we are to uphold the prestige of this Parliament we should expect to receive from the Minister, either now or later, a statement containing evidence to support the allegation he has made.

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