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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 2696

Mr WENTWORTH (Mackellar) - The Government is subservient to or is part of what it chooses to call the Australian Labor Party. I think that it should be named the un-Australian Labor Party because if there was ever a party that has betrayed Australia and Australian ideals, it is the Party which controls the Government. I say this because the Government is a socialist government and it has obtained power under pretences. It has obtained power as the agent of the international socialist movement. The international communist movement seems to be the dominant partner in that affair. It is controlled

Mr Grassby - Mr Deputy Speaker, I take a point of order. I understand that the honourable member for Mackellar has just described the Government as being dominated by the international communist movement That is offensive to me and to every member of the Government and I suggest that he be asked to withdraw.


Order! I think we have had consistent rulings from the past and the present Speakers that general comments of this nature are not to be taken as personal reflections on individual members.

Mr WENTWORTH - Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I point out to honourable members the close connection between various Government supporters and various sections of the ALP with the World Federation of Trade Unions - a communist international show which seems to control policy. I want again to put on record the performance of the Prime Minister (Mr Whitlam) in June 1972 when he went to communist organisations in order to obtain money to finance his election campaign. The Prime Minister knowingly gave to those communist organisations pledges to follow their policy if they would pay money to the ALP. This is what happens when multinational international communist controlled organisations pay the election expenses of this Government.

I want to have incorporated in Hansard pages 34 to 38 of the minutes of 2 June 1972 of the Commonwealth Council of Amalgamated Organisations, which consists of the Amalgamated Engineering Union, the blacksmiths, boilermakers and sheet metal workers, which records the visit by the Prime Minister to that organisation, the taking of the $25,000 and the pledges which he gave to the communists at that time. I ask permission to incorporate these pages in Hansard.

Mr Grassby - No, I have not seen them.

Mr WENTWORTH - I showed the document to the Postmaster-General (Mr Lionel Bowen) when he was at the table.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Berinson)Order!I have been asked whether leave is granted.

Mr Grassby - No, I have not seen the pages.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Berinson)Leaveis not granted.

Mr WENTWORTH - I put on record that I showed the document to the PostmasterGeneral when he was at the table earlier in this debate and I understood that he was going to give permission. I appreciate that the Minister for Immigration (Mr Grassby) who is now at the table may not know that. But I ask him again now whether he will grant leave. It is quite proper that these pages be incorporated in Hansard. They are a record of what the Prime Minister did. If he is ashamed of what the Prime Minister did, let him say so now. Is the Minister for Immigration prepared to go along with the permission which the Minister who was at the table a moment ago granted?

Mr Grassby - I will consult the PostmasterGeneral, I will have a look at the documents and I will let the honourable member for Mackellar know.


Order! For the moment leave is not granted.

Mr WENTWORTH - Well, Sir, we shall see. If leave is not granted I shall take the opportunity on the adjournment debate to read the whole of this document into Hansard because I think that it is important that the country should know exactly how the Prime Minister is betraying it to the communists and how the Prime Minister has knowingly taken money from the communists and given them pledges. (Quorum formed.) Mr Deputy Speaker, thank you very much. It is significant that the Labor Party-

Mr Scholes - I raise a point of order. In his remarks the honourable member for Mackellar has made a charge of corruption against the Prime Minister which cannot be debated in this House unless he is prepared to put down a substantive motion.

Mr Peacock - I raise a point of order-

Mr Scholes - Order!

Mr Peacock - You cannot call order from your seat.


Mr Scholes - I am entitled to take a point of order.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! The House will come to order. I ask the honourable member for Corio to indicate the particular reference by the honourable member for Mackellar to which he is drawing attention.

Mr Scholes - The honourable member stated that the Prime Minister had, in exchange for a guarantee that he would carry out certain actions as Prime Minister, personally accepted money from an organisation. He stated that immediately before the quorum was called. It is an imputation and a charge against the Prime Minister and it must be made as a substantive motion. Honourable members are not entitled to make charges of malpractice against members of the House without a substantive motion.

Mr Malcolm Fraser - On the point of order-

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -I intend to rule on the point of order.

Mr Malcolm Fraser - Can I speak to it first, Mr Deputy Speaker?

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - No, the honourable member can speak to it after I have given my ruling. I indicate to the House that, when the honourable member for Macarthur rose to call for a quorum, I was expecting him to raise the point of order that has now been raised. Had he not done so I would have called the honourable member for Mackellar to order myself. I think that what he said immediately prior to the calling of the quorum was a personal reflection on the Prime Minister and should be withdrawn.

Mr WENTWORTH - May I make it quite dear that I did not mean for one moment that the Prime Minister personally took the money for his own good. What I say is that the Prime Minister took the money on behalf of his Party.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! None the less the terms used have been taken in that way and are capable of being understood in that way. I ask the honourable member for Mackellar to withdraw them.

Mr WENTWORTH - Yes, most certainly. I am trying to put on record what actually happened. It is for that reason, instead of trying to summarise the document myself, that I asked for the permission of the House to incorporate in Hansard the trade union minutes which record what actually happened. I will let those minutes stand for themselves. I do not wish to make any comment on them. I certainly cannot withdraw the trade union minutes; I did not write them.

Mr Grassby - The Postmaster-General is back. He will give you a ruling now, seeing that you made the arrangement allegedly with him.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! It being a quarter to one in accordance with standing order 106 I put the question:

That grievances be noted.

Mr Peacock - There is still a matter to be resolved, Mr Deputy Speaker.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Any other matter can be resolved at some other time.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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