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Thursday, 30 September 1971
Page: 1731

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member has claimed to have been misrepresented.

Mr SCHOLES - I have been totally misrepresented. The question I asked was: Did the Prime Minister consider that these persons were spies or saboteurs, and if so, would he indicate to the House on what occasions persons had been prosecuted. I reject the suggestion that because a member of a union who does not work for the Commonwealth is a member of the Communist Party of Australia I was suggesting support or otherwise for the actions of these people. What I raised during question time was an extremely serious matter; namely the blanket condemnation made of all persons employed in Commonwealth naval dockyards by the Minister in a totally irresponsible fashion and I believe that the Prime Minister has the right and responsibility to repudiate that statement.

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