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Tuesday, 12 September 1972
Page: 674

Senator GEORGES (Queensland) - Let me make it clear-

Senator Gair - He wants to make party politics out of it.

Senator GEORGES - There sits the mammon of righteousness. The honourable senator who has just spoken is, I would say, an example of what is occurring in this country. He is an example of a person who I have termed before to be a precursor of evil.

The PRESIDENT - Order! Senator Georges, you will address yourself to the motion. You have used the device of seeking leave to make a statement. The statement should relate to the subject matter of the motion before the Senate. Please confine yourself to the motion.

Senator GEORGES - I am merely retaliating to the interjection that was made. I will explain what I meant by a precursor of evil, in case it is not clearly understood by all honourable senators present. It is one who anticipates a situation and by anticipating such a situation in fact creates the situation. If a person anticipates that there shall be violence and he defines how that violence shall occur, he in effect creates that very violence. This, I would say, is a description which fits the honourable senator who has just resumed his seat. I will now return the motion.

I abhor violence of all kinds; I abhor the violence that occurred at Munich. I rise to speak now because I do not want the Leader of my Party in the Senate to be isolated in making the statement which he made alone. I support the statement which he has made. I support his clear opposition to the atrocity which occurred at Munich. I support his further statement about the atrocity which followed the one at Munich, because there is no excuse for violence in this world today. Time after time, we have spoken about actions, which have been supported by members of this Parliament and by the Government itself, involving violence that has been perpetrated against innocent people, innocent nations and small nations. In accepting the violence against these small nations, we have conditioned ourselves to accepting, the situations of violence which have occurred in places like Ireland and the Middle East. We have conditioned ourselves to accepting the violence which occurred at Munich, acid it is hypocritical on our part to take a position of abhorrence at what has happened in Munich. .

Let us realise what happened in Munich. Young men, driven by hate, took a suicidal position and died and, in dying, destroyed innocent people. That is . abhorrent to us. But also abhorrent is the retaliation which has taken place. We ought to risk the charge of anti-semitism by declaring that we are against what Israel has done also in retaliating to what happened at Munich. Israel has retaliated against innocent people - the Palestine refugees - and it ought not to be allowed to go without criticism.

What my Leader has done is to level criticism against what has happened at Munich and what has happened subsequently in the Middle East. All 1 am saying in support is that we can no longer tolerate acts of violence by people whether they be our allies or our enemies, whether they be Israelis or Americans or Irish, or whether they be of one religion or another. Violence cannot be tolerated, because it is an infamy. It is an attack upon humanity. No one should level criticism against one who is guilty of an act of violence unless he also levels that criticism against he who retaliates. Let me answer Senator Gair and explain the reason why there was so much opposition to the Springbok tour. Let us make it clear. Senator Greenwood, the Attorney-General, realises why there was opposition. The opposition to the Springbok tour was - this is clear and it should never be mistaken--

Senator Little - It was violent opposition.

Senator GEORGES - It was violent opposition-

Senator Little - Policemen were kicked insensitive-

Senator GEORGES - It was violent opposition against the violent imposition of the law.

Senator Little - You have condemned violence.

The PRESIDENT - -Order! Senator Georges you will confine yourself to the motion before the Senate.

Senator GEORGES - This was violent opposition against a law imposed by insensitive governments. I must answer this because a charge was made and indirectly it involved me. The charge was clearly made that, there was violence against a particular team. Let me make it clear that that team was selected on the basis of racial discrimination. It was appointed on conditions which did not allow a person who was excluded any redress because he happened to be black. He was not excluded because he happened to be a communist, a liberal, or a fascist; he was excluded because he happened to be black - nothing more or less. This was the base of the opposition and this was the base of the reaction against governments which permitted the entry of such a team into Australia. Such will be the basis of opposition to any team which is selected on a religious or racist criterion. I make it quite clear that the opposition was not based on any other reason. No matter what the Government does to misinterpret this situation and no matter what Senator Gair does to misinterpret it, it is clear that those men who were excluded from the South African Springbok team were excluded for no other reason than the pigment of their skin. They were black. Violence and atrocity are perpetrated--

Senator Little - Has not the same thing been done against Asians in Uganda?

The PRESIDENT - Order! The motion before the Senate seeks to express condolence in respect of the incident which occurred at Munich. The honourable senator is extending this debate in a way that I cannot accept. I request you, Senator Georges, to conclude your remarks.

Senator GEORGES - I will conclude my remarks. 1 have merely exercised my right to take advantage of the extension by Senator Gair of the terms of the debate. Senator Gair has provoked me into making certain statements which I should have made prior to this.

Senator Gair - You cannot deny that some of the protesters had knives.

Senator GEORGES - Senator Gair-

The PRESIDENT - Order! Senator Georges, you will be doing the Senate a service by drawing your argument to a conclusion.

Senator GEORGES - I draw my argument to a close, but I must, as an interjection was made, explain the incident which occurred. A young man at that demonstration

The PRESIDENT - Order! Senator Georges, there is a question of relevancy in all this-

Senator GEORGES - All right. I will answer it at another stage. I will take the opportunity to answer Senator Gair's allegations on the adjournment tonight. But let me return to the matter that is before the Senate. I support emphatically what the Leader of the Opposition has said. The atrocity of Munich cannot be condoned; neither can any retaliation to such atrocity be condoned.

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