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Friday, 13 November 1964

Senator HENDRICKSON (Victoria) , - Senator Branson said that I persisted in asking him to name the two persons concerned in the Cabinet. I did that for a reason. Who could say who the two persons might be? They might be anyone from the late Mr. Curtin to the newest member of the Cabinet of that day. Senator Branson has said in this chamber that the statement was made to him by some person who was a member of the War Cabinet.

Senator Branson - I did not say that.

Senator HENDRICKSON - If he did npt say that, Mr. Deputy President, what he did say is that information was leaked to him from sonic person who was in a position to hear the late Mr. Ward and Dr. Evatt make $iis request to some high military man. Is that correct?

Senator Branson - No. I did not say that either. You were not listening.

Senator HENDRICKSON - I want to be correct because this is a rather serious allegation. Senator Branson said it was reported in the War Cabinet records.

Senator Branson - I did not say that either.

Senator HENDRICKSON - How then did Senator Branson get the information that he gave to the Senate today? What I am saying is that there must have been someone In the War Committee who told him what the late Mr. Ward and Dr. Evatt had requested - some person who had access to or was in attendance at the War Cabinet. That must be right.

Senator Branson - That is belter.

Senator HENDRICKSON__If that is so,

Mr. Deputy President,I trust that Senator Branson will take the cue from our worthy leader, Senator McKenna, and make the statement outside this chamber and at least give to the son, daughter and wife of the late Mr. Ward the right to defend his loyalty to the Commonwealth of Australia, and to give the same right to defend themselves to the wife and family of Dr. Evatt. If Senator Branson does not do that he stands condemned not only by honorable senators on this side of the chamber but by any decent citizen in the Commonwealth.

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