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Wednesday, 13 March 1968


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I am going to prove it, Sir. He is a dobber and he is a common informer.

Mr Jeff Bate - On a point of order: The word 'pimp' applied to a member of this House is offensive and I ask for its withdrawal.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) -It was not applied to you. But if I have to withdraw it, I withdraw it.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! I ask that you withdraw the remark.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I withdraw the remark. On Saturday, 2nd March last - on election day in South Australia - this gentleman proved himself to be nothing but a common informer against a soldier in the Queen's uniform. A conscript is in uniform and before the end of the year is out might be in the jungles of Vietnam either maimed for life or a corpse while this young gentleman sits here in comfort and in the safety of Parliament House. This self same gentleman had the cheek and audacity to dob this soldier in with the military police which led eventually to the soldier being fined $15. No-one will criticise the regulations prohibiting a man in uniform engaging in political activities. It is a proper regulation and no-one will condone what happened. The facts are that it was a minor offence. Before I say this I should like to add that I believe no-one will condone any breach of the civil law but no-one respects a thief who informs on another thief. He is a common pimp and common informer of the most despicable kind.


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I am not talking about him; I am talking about a pimp.

Mr SPEAKER -I have already requested the honourable member for Hindmarsh to watch his language.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - If you think the cap fits him-

Mr SPEAKER -If you are referring to the honourable member for Adelaide as a pimp, I would ask that you withdraw it.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - You may have thought, Sir, that I was referring to him; I was not. One law breaker ought not to set himself up as a paragon of virtue and begin informing on another. It is no excuse for such a person to say: 'But someone reported it to me'. The answer should have been: 'My hands are not clean enough for me to act as informer. Why don't you do it yourself?' That is what he should have said. There is a report in the Melbourne 'Age' of 15th June 1967 showing why that should have been the reply that the honourable member gave to the people who allegedly reported this poor unfortunate soldier. It is reported in that newspaper that the honourable member was convicted of driving at 75 miles an hour through a built-up area. He was fined $80 and lost his driver's licence. He admitted to having four previous convictions for breach of the traffic laws. That is the person who has the cheek to come along and report some poor devil of a soldier who is handling how-to-vote cards. On the occasion of this offence the honourable member produced his gold pass to the officers and said: I am a member of Parliament'.

Mr Jeff Bate - He did not have the gold pass, you fool.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Oh yes he did. He produced his medallion and he also told the police officer that on the previous occasion that he had been caught driving at 48 miles an hour he had reported the officer to Superintendant Brebner. The veiled threat was: 'If you try to report me I will dob you in too'.

Is he a truthful person? Of course he is not. He told me that he had served for 3 years in the Navy. That is not true. He then changed it and on a television programme he said that he had served in the Royal Navy Far East Fleet. 1 took the trouble to arrange for contact with Mr Dennis Healey. Minister for Defence in the British Government, and this is the cable I got back:

No trace in the UK records of Jones serving as either an officer or a rating in the Royal Navy.

I have a letter from the Minister for the Navy in this Parliament to say that there is no record in the Royal Australian Navy records to show that the honourable member served in the Australian Navy. A person who will lie about his service in the armed forces will lie about anything, and a person who will lie about anything is not a person one can believe on a single utterance that he makes. I have not enough time left to deal fully with this matter but this man,

Sir, thischarlatan, this lump of affectation who poses as a responsible member of Parliament, this blatherskite, this blusterer, this blowhard-

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member will resume his seat. His time has expired.

Mr Cope - I desire to make a personal explanation. The honourable member for Hindmarsh (Mr Clyde Cameron) inadvertently mentioned the honourable member for Watson. For the Hansard record let me say that he was referring to the honourable member for Kingsford-Smith (Mr Curtin).

Mr Curtin - That is true.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The House will come to order.

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