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Thursday, 20 April 1972
Page: 1275

Senator RAE (TASMANIA) - Has the attention of the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs been drawn to the resolution of the Victorian State Executive of the Australian Labor Party supporting and applauding the Communist North Vietnam- ese and their invasion of South Vietnam? Has his attention been drawn also to the recent election advertisements of the ALP in Tasmania which carry the message Teamwork's the Thing - and Labor's Got it'? If so, can the Minister confirm that some of those advertisements also have carried a photograph of 2 men in earnest conversation? Is it a fact that those 2 men so pictured are respectively the Secretaries of State of Socialist West Germany and of Communist East Germany? If so, can the Minister confirm that these matters clearly constitute public confirmation of the Australian Labor Party's belief and pride in the existence of teamwork between the Socialist and Communist Parties?

Senator WRIGHT (TASMANIA) (Minister for Works) - It is public knowledge certainly within the knowledge of every member of the Senate - that the Victorian State Executive of the Australian Labor Party recently passed that disgraceful resolution expressing welcome to the advances of the North Vietnamese organised army. It is equally true that the Tasmanian Labor Party has chosen, to illustrate its message of teamwork, 2 German leaders, one from East Germany and one from West Germany, in close consultation. I would think that the selection of that picture is about as mysterious as if they were to depict Hitler and Hess marching together anm in arm. I have no information from the Department of Foreign Affairs as to the message this picture is supposed to convey and nothing occurs to me from my own intuition as to the nature of that message.

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