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Wednesday, 14 October 1964

Senator BRANSON (Western Australia) . - I should like to add only one contribution to the debate. I happened to see the television programme to which Senator Kennelly has referred. When this man Sachs was asked whether he was or had been a member of the Communist Party, he was pushed into a corner and finally said: " Yes, I was a member of the Communist Party ".

Senator McClelland - He had been.

Senator BRANSON - Yes, that is right, he had been.

Senator McClelland - In 1931.

Senator BRANSON - Yes. The man said he was a member of the Communist Party. The Attorney-General stated that this man was a Communist and the man confessed that he was.

Senator McClelland - That he had been a Communist.

Senator BRANSON - That is correct. It is interesting to hear the comments coming from the other side in defence of this self confessed Communist.

Senator O'Byrne - If you were to say outside the Parliament what you are saying now you could be sued for slander.

Senator BRANSON - No. I saw this on television. I am prepared to go outside the chamber and say I heard Mr. Sachs say that he was a member of the Communist Parly.

Senator Ridley - In 1931.

Senator BRANSON - That is right.

HENDRICKSON, Albion (VICTORIA) - What about in 1945?

Senator BRANSON - If you want to talk about 1945 you get up and do so.

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