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Tuesday, 18 April 1972
Page: 1699

Mr PETTITT (Hume) - The most important thing about this debate is what it indicates about the present Australian Labor Party and its open support for communist aggression. I believe that the Australian people must be made aware of what has happened to this once great Party. It is a very different party from the one which was led by the Chifleys and the Curtins. They led a socialist party but, although believing in socialism, they put Australia first. It is a very different party today. Today the Party is dominated by the new left wing intellectuals and the communist unions. It continually follows the communist line, seeks to destroy our youth and advocates the permissive society, the relaxing of all laws governing decent behaviour, and free access to drugs. Recently in a television programme the Australian people gave a very clear indication of what they thought about that question. This is the Party whose Leader advised youth to break the law and to support violent demonstrations in the streets; one of whose leading members of this Party - a shadow Cabinet Minister - calls on the youth and the people of Australia to take to the streets and defy law and order in an attempt to destroy democratic government in this country.

Mr Kirwan - Mr Deputy Speaker, are we still discussing the matter of public importance? If so, could I direct your attention to it?

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