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Tuesday, 17 November 1959

Mr CAIRNS (YARRA, VICTORIA) - I direct a question to the Prime Minister or the acting Minister for External Affairs, depending on which of them deals with the matter. Is it a fact that a representative of a new Australian organization announced that the 4,000 members of this organization would demonstrate against the recent Australian and New Zealand Congress for International Co-operation and Disarmament, in Melbourne? Did demonstrations take place on Saturday, 7th November, in which police and a young married woman were assaulted? Following upon this, was the organization advised that the Government was disturbed at its activity, and that it should take no further action? Is it a fact that no new Australian demonstration of any kind took place after the giving of this advice? Is there a well organized new Australian storm troop, responding quickly to discipline, and in close contact with those who make arrangements between government services and private citizens?

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