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Archives for April 1950

Communist Party Dissolution Bill – Second Reading Speech by Robert Menzies

The debate on the Communist Party Dissolution Bill began in the House of Representatives on April 27, 1950, with the Second Reading Speech given by Prime Minister Robert Menzies.

Menzies had been prime minister for just four months.

The bill would be eventually passed and invalidated by the High Court. A referendum to ban the Communist Party was defeated in 1951.

Hansard transcript of Prime Minister Robert Menzies’ Second Reading Speech on the Communist Party Dissolution Bill 1950.

Mr MENZIES (Kooyong) (Prime Minister) – by leave – I move; –

That the bill be now read a second time. [Read more…]