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Wednesday, 14 October 1964

Senator TANGNEY (Western Australia) . - I think that this argument has arisen tonight on grammatical grounds rather than ideological grounds. I think the way in which the Attorney-General (Mr. Snedden) expressed the position by saying that this man had said in 1945 that he was a Communist, has caused this argument. If the Attorney-General had made the statement that the man, in 1945, had said that he had been a Communist, a great deal of this discussion would not have arisen. There is nobody on this side of the chamber or on the other side who would suggest that this man had not been a Communist in 1931. We are equally assured that in 1964 he is not a Communist. Therefore, in the meantime, he has seen the light. We only have to refer to the Bible to see that there is more joy in Heaven over one sinner who does penance than over 99 who do not need to.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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