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Wednesday, 8 May 1957

Mr COPE (Watson) .- It would appear that the honorable member for Moreton (Mr. Killen) has taken the number one position as reactionary speaker of the Government from our old friend, the honorable member for Mackellar (Mr. Wentworth), who looks under his bed every night to see whether there is a Communist there. By a strange coincidence, I believe that that is where Jim Healy keeps the Illawarra cup. We have been accused of being allied with the Communist party. Let us examine the way in which we ally ourselves with the Communist party. At the last federal election, thirteen members of this House were opposed by Communists in New South Wales. One of them was our old friend, the honorable member for Mackellar (Mr. Wentworth) and the remainder were sitting members of the Labour party. That is the way in which they co-operate with us. Let us examine also how they co-operated with the Labour party at the last election for the Senate.

Mr Wentworth - Who was given their No, 2 preferences?

Mr COPE - I am coming to that now. Senator McCallum, a Liberal, was elected on preferences from Mr. Jim Healy, who was the No. 1 Communist candidate. Mr. Jim Healy had 112,000 votes to be distributed as preferences. Of them, Senator McCallum obtained 82,000, which was not a bad number of Communist preferences to be gained by a candidate of the Liberal party which claims that it does not cooperate with the Communists. I know that all this talk is only Red baiting. I am sure the honorable member for Moreton will fight Communists until he dies, but we believe in fighting them with action, not with words. I fought them a long time before the honorable member for Moreton fought them, but he has probably never fought one outside in his life.

I suggest to honorable members opposite that instead of being so concerned about purges in the Labour party they should see how many leaders of the Liberal party in New South Wales have been purged in the last twelve months. They should also see how the Country party co-operates with the Liberal party in New South Wales. At the last election, they opposed each other in country seats. Our friends in the Country party here should also be careful. If by some mischance there was a landslide in favour of the Liberal party and it won a majority of seats in the next Parliament, it would be good-night to the Country party in the Cabinet. That happened in Victoria when the Bolte Government took office. Country party members are hanging by a slender thread. With this Government, whatever the boss says is right. The Ministers praise the boss, because it is a one-man band; they dare not get off-side. When Mr. Bolte was elected at the last state election in Victoria, he discovered that he had a working majority without the assistance of the Country party, so the Country party was dumped. Yet these people are concerned about what is hapening to us! They should go to the electorate of Wentworth and see what happened there, despite the fact that their leader went there to support the honorable member for Wentworth (Mr. Bury). If they go to the electorate of Barker, they will see what happened there. They should put their own house in order before they worry about what is happening in the Labour party.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

House adjourned at 12.3 a.m. (Thursday).

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