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Thursday, 15 November 1973
Page: 1886

Senator KEEFFE (Queensland) - I will speak briefly only because the dinner break has been completely mucked up for most people, except members of the Liberal Party who are now eating their snails and lobster mornay. I also support Senator Gietzelt in his attitude towards the widespread corruption that exists in official organisations in New South Wales, starting from the Premier of the State and working down.

The PRESIDENT - Order! You cannot say that.

Senator KEEFFE -Mr President,the truth has to be told.

The PRESIDENT - You tell the truth.

Senator KEEFFE - I am telling the truth* because the Premier of New South Wales at no stage has done anything to clean up the corruption in New South Wales. It is all very well for Senator Wright to come in here tonight shedding maudlin tears and putting on his usual clownish performance while saying that this sort of thing does not happen and that this is not the place where a matter of this sort ought to be raised. He, in collusion with some of his doubtful quantity colleagues, has endeavoured to turn the Senate chamber into a circus on more than one occasion since the present Government was elected.

I respectfully suggest that the accusations made by Senator Gietzelt and those who support him here tonight ought to be investigated as a matter of very great urgency. The matter of the Alexander Barton group of companies, which took some $20m to $30m off mostly small investors, is one of the great scandals of" this century. We remember the Jet-Air scandal and other acts of corruption in this country when people on the Opposition side of the chamber were in government. They are protecting these people because they believe that the bigger criminals in the community ought to be protected. Senator Wright is one of the foremost people in always leaping to their defence, as he leapt to the defence of these corrupt people tonight. I hope that this investigation will be precipitated so that these Watergate scoundrels in the community can be thinned out and gaoled for life. Gaol is where they deserve to be.

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