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Thursday, 12 November 1964

Senator HANNAN (VICTORIA) - I direct a question to the Minister for Defence. Has the Minister's attention been drawn to the resolution of the Melbourne Trades Hall Council, successfully moved on 13th August by Mr. W. Brown, Vice-President of the Victorian Branch of the Australian Labour Party, that the recent Federal Budget shows the urgent need for the Australian Labour Party to campaign for the implementation of its Socialist objectives, and also to apply its energies and intelligence to allocate funds provided for extra defence expenditure to the relief of the aged and the sick? Has the Minister observed any solitary A.L.P. senator urging or campaigning for the said Socialist objectives since the date of the Senate election was announced? Does he agree that this resolution to reduce defence expenditure would seem to be in line with the Labour Party speakers' notes, of which I have a copy, used during the last election campaign for the Senate, and which completely omitted reference to defence because the A.L.P. had no defence policy?

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