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Wednesday, 19 April 1972
Page: 1774

Mr Allan Fraser (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Does the Minister for the Navy know the extent of the feeling in the Navy as well as among other citizens of contempt for a defamer and slanderer of honoured dead?

Dr MACKAY (EVANS, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) - I fail to see the connection

Mr Allan Fraser (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am referring to the letter which appeared in this morning's "Canberra Times'.

Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honourable gentleman has asked his question.

Dr MACKAY - The question, I take it, refers to a comment I made that 2 former Prime Ministers of this country would not have been associated with the kind of activity which, first, advocates breaking of the law or, secondly, associates itself with calls to troops in the field to mutiny. In short, I described them as men of honour and men who were patriots in the oldfashioned sense of the word in the La bot Party which scorned unity tickets with the Communists and would have nothing to do with this type of activity. 1 was deploring the difference between the Labor Party as led by these gentlemen and the Labor Party as it is now. If that is defaming, then I claim to be guilty.

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