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Wednesday, 26 April 1972
Page: 1333

Senator KANE (NEW SOUTH WALES) - T address my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Customs and Excise, ls the Minister aware that at the February 1972 council meeting of the Australian Union of Students, its president Mr K. Newcombe stated that an organisation called the Radical Action Movement controlled the copyright of 'The Little Red Schoolbook'? ls it true that the Radical Action Movement, when originally founded, was known as the Students for a Democratic Society got off further true that the meeting at which the Students for a Democratic Society got off the ground was held at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday, 23rd November 1969, at the Newport Victoria, home of Mr L. Carmichael of the National Committee of the Communist Party of Australia? ls it a fact that the only so-called protest group which is specifically recommended by name to Victorian schoolchildren in 'The Little Red Schoolbook' is a body called the Radical Action Movement of 57 Palmerston Street, Carlton, Victoria? Would the Minister agree that, if these facts are true, they prove beyond doubt official Communist associations with The Little Red Schoolbook'?

Senator COTTON - None of the matters mentioned by the honourable senator is known to me to be either true or untrue. Therefore, I do not think I am properly able to comment on his final suggestion as to what one ought to do but I undertake to pass on the information he has given, which is obviously very precise and well documented, to the Minister for Customs and Excise for his perusal.

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