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Wednesday, 1 June 1960

Mr CAIRNS (Yarra) (12:36 PM) .Mr. Deputy Speaker,what I have to say will take only a minute or two. It was not relevant to the debate on the Appropriation Bill (No. 2)1959-60, or I should have said it then. On 28th April, in a speech in this House, I said -

South African business people visiting this country, one of whom is Dr. Brasch who is in favour of apartheid, have praised the Prime Minister.

I have received a letter from the honorable member for Wentworth (Mr. Bury), who points out that Dr. Brasch is the Chief Minister of the Temple Emanuel, in Sydney, is an Australian and a minister of religion, and is not a businessman. The honorable member points out also that Dr. Brasch has always made it most emphatically clear that, far from being in favour of apartheid, he has always been strongly against it.

So as to have the record straight with regard to Dr. Brasch, I want to make it clear that he is not a businessman, that my reference to him in that respect was incorrect, and that he is not in favour of apartheid, but, on the contrary, is against it. I have much pleasure in accepting the assurance to that effect contained in the letter which I have received from the honorable member for Wentworth, and I am very pleased to correct the statement which I made about Dr. Brasch.

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