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Issue #1911      April 20, 2020

Petrov AFFAIR GIGANTIC FRAME-UP AGAINST PEOPLE

“The answer to the outrageous attack being planned through the Petrov* affair must be a redoubling of all efforts to unite the working class for the defeat of the Menzies Government of national betrayal.”

Communist Party President R Dixon said this on Thursday night in the course of a powerful, factual indictment of the Menzies Government.

Mr Dixon was addressing a meeting of Sydney communists. Although called at less than twenty-four hours’ notice, the hall was jammed full.

Mr Dixon utterly refuted Menzies’ claim that there was connection between the Soviet Embassy and the Communist Party of Australia. “Never has there been any directions whatsoever to the CPA from the Soviet Embassy or the Soviet Government,” he said.

Stories in the daily press, supposed to be based on Petrov’s “documents” were downright lies, and it is obvious that there are schemes and plans to base frame-ups on such lies and forged documents.

Frequent cheers punctuated his speech. The spirit of the meeting was demonstrated by the fact that a call for a collection for Party funds brought £136 in cash and £302/10/ – in pledges.

250,000 copies of a hastily printed leaflet – Menzies Concocted Spy Plot – were distributed to those at the meeting, and by Monday morning most of them had been spread throughout the city and suburbs.

PROVOCATIVE STUNT

Mr Dixon said that the Menzies Government was using the Petrov affair for provocation against the Soviet Union, the Communist Party, and the Australian people.

The Petrov affair is a provocative political stunt by the Government, designed to confuse and obscure the fundamental issues in the election in the hope of seeing the return of the Menzies Government.

The Government faces defeat in the election and it desperately needed a diversion from both its home and foreign policies, including its moves toward involving Australia in the war in Indo-China.

“To put over its war policy, the Menzies Government required frenzy and hatred among the people against the Soviet Union and Communism. Hence the McCarthyism, hence the Petrov provocation,” said Mr Dixon.

BLANK CHEQUE

Mr Dixon warned that legislation passed in Canberra with ALP leadership support, gave the government a blank cheque on the Royal Commission terms of reference, thus leaving the way open for attacks on wide sections of patriotic Australians-Communists, ALP members, intellectuals and genuine liberals.

The Canberra McCarthyites would set out to smear and intimidate, to drive people from public life by innuendo, they would create blacklists for employers.

They would use frame-ups against both Communists and non-Communists.

“There is nothing furtive or secret about the Communist Party’s policy,” Mr Dixon said. “The CPA stands for the noblest and most patriotic causes — peace, Australian independence and security, a better life, Socialism.

DEFEAT MENZIES

“Unlike the parties of Capitalism, the CPA openly and honestly declares its policy.

“It does not use deception and trickery to achieve its policy, it seeks by selfless activity to win the majority of the working class and its allies for the liberation of our country from capitalism.”

The Communist leaflet distributed over the weekend says that “with his spy scare, Menzies is now trying to do what he failed to do with his Communist Party Dissolution Bill which was rejected by the Australian people in the 1951 Referendum.

“Don’t be misled by concocted spy stories!

“Unite against the real enemy – the Menzies Government!

“Defeat Menzies on May 29!”

* Vladimir Petrov was a Soviet diplomat who defected in April 1954.

This article originally appeared in Tribune April, 1954.

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