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Wednesday, 3 April 1968


Mr McEWEN - I cannot answer the latter part of the honourable member's question, but I have a vivid recollection of the Leader of the Opposition quite heatedly denying that Mr Maxwell Newton had ever contributed to Labor Party funds. The Leader of the Opposition invited me to say outside this place that Mr Newton had contributed to Labor Party election expenses. I think that was the term I used and that could be taken as referring to a contribution in cash or in kind. My information was that Mr Newton had written Labor Party material and that he had paid for the printing of Labor Party material for Mr Menadue, the former private secretary to the Leader of the Opposition who opposed my colleague the honourable member for Hume, who is an Australian Country Party member, ft is no part of my intention to go outside to make that statement. I am a parliamentarian and what I have to say on political matters I will say within the Parliament. The Leader of the Opposition is a parliamentarian and is also a lawyer. [ have no doubt that I correctly interpreted this challenge to me to say outside something which would justify his taking a judicial process as a means of making this subject matter, which was so unpalatable to him and the Labor Party, sub judice. This would deny the Parliament the opportunity to hear a discussion on it. I repeat that T am a parliamentarian and that I will say what I have to say within the Parliament. Those who can refute my statements or who wish to challenge them can say what they want to say within the Parliament. The truth of the matter is that, rightly or wrongly, within a few hours of the Leader of the Opposition challenging me to prove that Mr Newton had contributed to Labor Party expenses, Mr Newton, who is recurringly, beyond understanding, an invited guest of the Australian Broadcasting Commission, was on the air at 8 o'clock next morning when he said: 'Yes, true, I have contributed both to the Liberal Party funds and the Labor Party funds.' The Leader of the Opposition can talk his way out of that as best he can.







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