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Wednesday, 13 September 1972
Page: 1270


Mr SPEAKER -Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?


Mr FAIRBAIRN - Yes, I have been misrepresented. Yesterday after question time the honourable member for Riverina (Mr Grassby) claimed that a statement that I had made was completely and absurdly incorrect. What I had said was that Labor's spokesman, Mr Grassby, had said that the Australian Labor Party had drawn on experience of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and other countries to prepare a programme for socialist agriculture for this nation based on national planning. I took this quotation from the 'Fabian Newsletter' of November-December 1970. The article in this newsletter is titled 'Al Grassby's Fight Against Outdated Concepts' by Al Grassby. A sentence in that article reads:

The Labor Party has drawn on experience of the USSR and other countries to prepare a programme of socialist agriculture for this nation based on national planning . . .

In last Thursdays Naracoorte 'Herald' the honourable member for Riverina challenged the Country Party State candidate for Victoria, Mr Carrick, to prove that he, Mr Grassby, had used the words that I have just quoted. He promised to give $1,000 towards Mr Carrick's campaign if he could prove it. I suggest that Mr Carrick read the 'Fabian Newsletter*. Mr Speaker, I seek leave to table these 2 documents.


Mr SPEAKER -Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.







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