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Thursday, 20 May 1965

Senator GORTON - I did notice a report in the Press to the effect that the American ship " Vancouver " was denied assistance by tugs to berth in Melbourne and that having been denied that assistance, the ship had to proceed to berth under its own power.

I do not know whether assistance from the Royal Australian Navy was also required, lt. might have been, but I gathered that the ship actually was berthed by its own complement and considerable inconvenience was caused to the ship and the master of the ship by this action. I also noticed a reported statement attributed to Mr. B. Nolan to which the honorable senator has referred. The reported statement was along the lines mentioned by the honorable senator. My own reaction is that industrial action to enforce a political viewpoint in which the majority of the people do not believe and which the Parlament of the nation does not support has no place in the running of a democratic country. 1 understand that this gentleman is a member of the Victorian State Executive of the Australian Labour Party and therefore is one of those few who are eligible to be appointed or elected to the outside body which controls the A.L.P. and to which the honorable senator has referred as the 36 faceless men. In reply to the last part of the honorable senator's question: Yes, the Government will see to it that Australians who are fighting abroad for Australia will receive without let or hindrance the support to which they are entitled.

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