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Wednesday, 19 June 1946

Mr CHIFLEY - My answer to the first question is "No". At no time has the Labour party had any affiliation with the Communist party. In regard to the second question, there is no need to dissociate the Labour party from the Communist party, because they have never been associated.

Mr Harrison - I am asking about the money.

Mr CHIFLEY - I am not aware of any money having been contributed to the Labour party by any Communist controlled union or organization. In regard to the third question, what people do with their preferences is entirely their own concern. In extreme cases representatives of the conservative party have extended their preferences to the Labour party, which seems a complete contradiction.

M r. HOLT. - Since the last meeting of this Parliament newspapers have contained many advertisements extolling the virtues of the Labour Government. Carrying an attractive portrait of the Prime Minister they appeal for funds for the Labour party's electoral campaign. I ask the Prime Minister whether those advertisements have been paid for out of Commonwealth revenue? If so,what authority exists for such payment? Whether or not the advertisements have been paid for out of Commonwealth revenue, do they carry the special concessional rates applicable to war loan advertisements inserted by the Commonwealth Government?'

Mr CHIFLEY - Payment for the advertisements was certainly not made out of Commonwealth revenue. . I make that point perfectly clear. As to whether the advertisements were published at concessional rates, all I know is that such advertisements are handled through an ordinary agency conducted by private enterprise. If some newspapers and the advertising agency have been sufficiently generous to allow a special concessional rate, their action will not be rejected.

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