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What is Irrelevant Can be Endured – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin

September 1st, 2011 · No Comments · Australian Labor Party, History, Ideology, Leadership, Politics, Quotes, War, WW2

Curtin paid the price, however. The poisonous remarks flung at him during the (single army) controversy by the most vitriolic Federal Parliamentary Labor Party anti-conscriptionists – principally Ward, Calwell and Cameron – distressed the Prime Minister and damaged the Government’s cohesion. Curtin responded to one of Cameron’s outbursts with dignified resignation:

“Rabaul is further from the Australian mainland that Timor. It is not possible for me to be a good Labor man when I conscript men for Rabaul and New Guinea and to become a suspect Labor man for doing the same thing in respect of Timor… The strictures of the Minister for Aircraft Production upon myself make me unhappy, but what is irrelevant can be endured.”

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