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Wednesday, 26 April 1972
Page: 1340

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesLeader of the Opposition) -I raise a matter of extreme public importance. There has been published in the 'National U' dated 26th April 1972, the newspaper published by the Australian Union of Students, a front page article with various supporting documentary material which is entitled 'Federal Minister Betrays Party Secret National Group'. It states:

Federal Housing Minister Kevin Cairns has compromised himself, the Federal Government and the Liberal Party. Documents which are reproduced in this edition of 'National U' reveal that Mr Cairns is a member of an extreme right wing national organisation known as Peace with Freedom. Other members of the organisation include Mr Bob Santamaria, Mr Peter Coleman (M.L.A.) Mr Peter Samuel (a Canberra journalist), Mr Peter Kelly (former Press Secretary to the Prime Minister), Professor James McAuley of Tasmania University, Dr Frank Knopfelmacher of Melbourne University, Professors David Armstrong and Peter Lawrence of Sydney University, and Professor Owen Harris of New South Wales University. This adult section of the organisation, which has functioned secretly for many years, is closely tied to the DLP.

The article deals in some detail with--

Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson - I rise to order. I understand that there is a ruling, which is quite clearly understood, that in the Senate there shall be no reflection on or no reference to a member in another place. Therefore 1 suggest that what the honourable senator is doing is in conflict with that traditional understanding. Equally I suggest that it is in conflict with standing order 418.

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