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Thursday, 22 October 1964

Senator BRANSON (Western Australia) . - On 17th September I spoke on the motion for the adjournment of the Senate. I stated that the so called peace conference that is to be held in Sydney from the 25th to 30th October was Communist inspired and that it would result in Communist propaganda. I appealed to all decent Australians to boycott the confer ence. Obviously my fears were shared by other very responsible people. I have in my hand a document which has been signed by 53 responsible Australian Labour Party trade union officials. For the benefit of honorable senators who have not seen the document, I intend to quote from it. It is headed: " Statement by New South Wales A.L.P. Trade Union Officials on the Communist Party's Current Peace Conference ". It is dated 16th October 1964 and states -

From October 25-30 a National Congress for International Co-operation and Disarmament will be held in Sydney.

This is the fifth such "Peace" Congress to be held in Australia since 1950.

The past four National " Peace " gatherings and many of the organisations associated with them have been exposed to the public as merely partisan pro-Communist outfits. This was especially so for the last national " Peace " gathering - the A.N.Z. Congress held in Melbourne during November 1959.

As a large number of those associated with the organising of this coming " Peace " Congress have, in the past, been actively associated with these exposed partisan " Peace " groups and " Peace " conferences, we believe that there is little possibility of the October Congress being any different from its predecessors, especially the thoroughly discredited Melbourne A.N.Z. Congress.

As members of the N.S.W. Branch of the Australian Labour Party and full-time officials of the Trade Union Movement we, the undersigned, support all genuine peace organisations. Our sentiments are based on the aspirations of the majority of working men and women, aspirations which are for peace and against thehorror of war.

Accordingly, we call upon all Australians to work for a genuine peace, but be on their guard against activities of bogus Communist-inspired " Peace " groups whose ultimate aim is not to advance the cause of world peace but to further the aims of International Communism and split the Labour Movement.

There are 53 names set out underneath the statement and against each is quoted the branch of the Australian Labour Party which is represented and the position occupied by the signatory. I ask leave to have the document incorporated in " Hansard ".

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