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Wednesday, 12 October 1949

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - Order ! That is too thin.

Mr ANTHONY - If we have to rely upon the assurances of the Minister for Post-war Reconstruction that the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization is completely screened against infiltration by Communists, the vote should be considerably increased.

Mr Beazley - I desire to make a personal explanation. In the early part of his speech, the honorable member for Richmond (Mr. Anthony) referred to some remarks that I had made and endeavoured to refute my suggestion that the booklet on social services was not partisan. He said that I knew that that booklet contained the words, " Vote for Labour, Webb for Swan". I have examined the 32 pages of the booklet, and I find that that statement does not occur on any of the pages. The honorable member held up a copy of the booklet, and it was obvious that those words had been inserted with a rubber stamp. Having made that statement, the honorable member proceeded to wave the booklet about his head, and claim that it contained statements that were Labour propaganda. It was obvious that those words had not been printed by the Commonwealth, or the Government Printer, and that it would be competent for any person, using a rubber stamp, to imprint any statement in the booklet. The honorable gentleman, in suggesting that I had misled the committee, was himself misleading it.

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