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Tuesday, 21 June 1949

Mr LANG (REID, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Prime Minister whether a passport has been issued to Eliot Oalans Elliott, the Communist general secretary of the Seamen's Union, to enable him to attend a Communist conference in Italy? Will the right honorable gentleman indicate the countries that Elliott has been given per mission to visit, and the text of the official endorsement on the passport? Is Elliott still a member of the Maritime Industry Commission, and has he been granted leave of absence by the commission to attend the conference? What steps are being taken to ensure that information that has been made available to Elliott in his official position will not be taken out of this country? Will the Registrar of the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration be asked to ascertain what union funds are being expended on the trip ? Has the attention of the Prime Minister been directed to Elliott's statement that he had proposed to visit the United States of America on his return journey but that he had been refused a vise by the United States Consulate? Will the right honorable gentleman state whether the Government is providing funds abroad for Elliott, who has only arranged for a one-way air passage?

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