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Tuesday, 27 October 1964
Page: 1328


Senator PROWSE (Western Australia) . - Senator Cant has been singularly unfortunate in choosing this incident to attempt to establish by innuendo that political pressure had been applied by Mr. Brand. I would like the Senate to know that the matter was raised in the Western Australian Parliament by Mr. Harry May, the Labour Party member for Collie. It is to his credit that that gentleman expressed abhorrence of the intention at that time of the " Four Corners " organisation to give news coverage to the hanging of the unfortunate wretch who was to suffer that fate. I think Mr. May's good judgment was supported not only by Mr. Brand, but by the vast majority of fair-minded and sensible people in Western Australia. I believe it was also supported by the administration of the Australian Broadcasting Commission. I think it completely unworthy of Senator Cant, who is to lead the Labour Senate team at the forthcoming election, to attempt to gain some political advantage out of this terrible circumstance. It is regrettable that he has chosen to use this incident - although his attempt has fallen completely flat - to pursue his political objectives.







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