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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2712

Senator McLAREN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Has the AttorneyGeneral seen a report in the Adelaide 'Sunday Mail' of 24 November which was headed: 'Libs "Blue Night" Party Aid', which stated that because of lack of interest in politics by members of the Young Liberal Movement in South Australia it resorted to a demonstration of love aids by a sex shop proprietor at a recent meeting of the organisation in an endeavour to boost attendances? Can the Attorney-General say whether these methods of enticing young people to buy membership in the Liberal Party could be an infringement of the Trade Practices Act? Would not these types of meetings be better suited to rejuvenating those old Liberal members, who were so aptly described by the Liberal Party's Federal President, Mr Southey, in preparation for their journey over 'hot coals through the Valley of Death' behind their Leader, MrSnedden?

Senator MURPHY - As to the first part of the question, I do not think that it would be a breach of the Trade Practices Act although in some areas the Trade Practices Act applies not only to goods but also to services. In relation to the second part of the question, I think that the Liberal Party would be better employed if it tried to obtain some kind of aid for its procedures, policies and philosophies rather than trying to obtain love aids. It may be in need of both. Certainly the Party is where it is because of its failure to attend to the problems of the nation. Perhaps in the long run the young people in the Liberal Party would be better doing what the honourable senator referred to than anything else.

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