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Thursday, 23 June 1949

Mr BLAIN (Northern Territory) . - I disagree with .the honorable member for Fremantle (Mr. Beazley), whO believes that the screening that is undertaken by the Public Service Board of applicants for important government positions is most efficient, and I support the views that have been expressed by the honorable member for Parramatta (Mr. Beale). Obviously, the honorable member for Fremantle is a babe in the wood, and does not know that the Government has been remiss in failing to screen Communists who are employed by the Department of Works and Housing. Although T have referred to this matter on other occasions, I have not done so with the vigour that I feel impelled to use now in making my protest. I refer to the townplanner of Darwin who, no doubt, will be assigned to plan the villages in the Snowy Mountains area.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN.Order! The honorable member's references to the Northern Territory arc not appropriate at this stage.

Mr BLAIN - Officers of the Department of Works and Housing will be required to plan the villages that will be required for this mighty work in the Snowy Mountains area. Those villages must be designed by an experienced townplanner in accordance with modern principles. The Government has employed an avowed Communist named Jack Walker, from Ballarat, on work at Darwin and he has ruined the whole plan. He was then ordered to proceed to Alice Springs to plan that town. He has not been screened. It is the duty of the Government to declare its bona fides now, and screen Walker immediately, so that he will not be permitted to participate in the Snowy Mountains job.

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