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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 2772

Mr WENTWORTH (Mackellar) - I should like to underline the point which was made earlier that the so-called Australian Labor Party is really an un-Australian Party because of its affiliations with the international socialist movement and the left wing of that movement, which is sometimes called the communist movement. I should like to recall to honourable members some remarks which were made by Senator Gietzelt on a program called, I think, "This Day Tonight' as recently as 12 October. I saw this program myself. In order to refresh my memory I have a transcript of it which was prepared by the Parliamentary Library. Therefore, the quotation that I make will not be just from my memory but from the transcript that the Library has made.

It will be remembered that when the communist Government in Chile was overthrown a great deal of indignation was expressed by certain members of the Government. This was in curious contrast to the lack of indignation expressed when governments which are either anti-communist or non-communist are overthrown. For example, one remembers the involvement of the Minister for Overseas Trade (Dr J. F. Cairns) in the attempted overthrow of anti-communist governments in South-East Asia. Indeed, the Party of which he is such a conspicuous ornament was involved as a party in activity against those governments, activity which was carried on by violence, by murder and by aggression. It is unfortunate that the Party which controls the Government has associated itself with this campaign of murder and aggression.

But I digress. Let me come back to Chile. In this case I understand from the remarks of Senator Gietzelt that 57 members of the Labor Caucus - I think there are 95 members altogether, so 57 is a considerable majority, and I understand that those 57 included 12 Ministers - signed a petition requiring the Government not to recognise the new anticommunist Government of Chile. However, the Prime Minister (Mr Whitlam) did recognise that Government, and this was indicated to the House. On the program 'This Day Tonight* Senator Gietzelt said that he proposed to get the Labor Caucus, with these 57 signatures, to reverse this decision. When asked for his reason he said of the communist Chilean Government: 'It's a brother party, it's a party affiliated to the socialist international, and I think we have some obligations to give them moral support in their hours of trial.' There we see a complete link-up. Fifty-seven members out of 95 of this un-Australian Labor Party - a good majority - signed this petition because, they say this is a socialist brother party, a party affiliated to the socialist international.

The Labor Party talks about foreign control. Its heart and soul are sold to foreigners. Its ideology is a foreign ideology, and it openly boasts that it will be influenced and will take its direction from the needs of this socialist international. It is perfectly true that when this matter came before the Labor Caucus the 57 crayfished. They would not follow Senator Gietzelt. In the interview Senator Gietzelt had made quite specific threats to the decision of the Prime Minister. I wonder why they went back. I am told that they got a clearance from the Communist Party before they changed their minds. I am told that they got a clearance from the left wing and that that is why these 57 people, although they had signed a petition, failed to get behind Senator Gietzelt. This is, of course, one of the rare occasions on which there has been a difference ' of opinion between the Prime Minister and Senator Gietzelt. It is worth recalling to the House that in a sense the Prime Minister is Senator Gietzelt's protege, because Senator Gietzelt ran his election campaigns for him and in fact - this happened a long time ago - master-minded and organised his pre-selection in Werriwa when Mr Lazzarini, the previous member died and the seat of Werriwa became vacant. It stands on the record, I think, that at that stage the Prime Minister took his preselection at the hands of what was, if not the Communist Party, something very near it - because in this interview Senator Gietzelt practically admits his close association with the left wing.

I do not know whether Senator Gietzelt always maintains this hold over the Prime Minister but at any rate, although he failed on this occasion, it is pretty clear that the Prime Minister is vastly beholden to him. I think it will be found on examination that the Prime Minister intervened when Senator Gietzelt was expelled, whether rightly or wrongly I do not know, from a certain organisation because of his pro-communist sympathies. The Prime Minister, I believe, personally intervened to have him taken back into the good graces of that organisation. So this association between the Prime Minister and the left wing in his Party is very well documented and I think we can understand what is happening behind the scenes in the Labor Party. I do not for one moment accuse the Prime Minister of being a communist; I make it quite clear that I am not saying that. I do say that he is beholden to people who have been closely associated with communism and with the communist machinations, and that when Mr Lazzarini died the Prime Minister took his pre-selection at their hands and communists worked on his booths at the poll. That is a little bit of history that the Communist Party might well remember.

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