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Tuesday, 28 June 1949


Mr CHIFLEY (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Prime Minister) - I have not read the statement about preferences by Mr. Spooner, but I know that Senator Ashley was placed after the Communist candidate by the conservative section of our political opponents. What the honorable gentleman has said about the placing of preferences is correct. It is also true that on several occasions in State elections, and on at least one occasion that comes clearly to my mind, a conservative candidate's election was due to the distribution of Communists preferences. It is also true that an election candidate representing the party led by the honorable member for Reid was also returned on one occasion as the result of the allocation of Communist preferences. I have not read the speech by Mr. Spooner and can therefore make no further comment upon it.







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