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In 1949,on this day the General Secretary of the Australian Communist Party, de facto Head of State Laurence Louis Sharkey (pictured) delivered a major foreign policy speech that was thoroughly condemned by Western political leaders.O Tempora, O Mores Part 1 - A Warm Welcome "If Soviet Forces in pursuit of aggressors entered Australia, Australian workers would welcome them. Australian workers would welcome Soviet Forces pursuing aggressors as the workers welcomed them throughout Europe when the Red troops liberated the people from the power of the Nazis. I support the statement made by the French Communist leader Maurice Thorez. Invasion of Australia by forces of the Soviet Union seems very remote and hypothetical to me. I believe the Soviet Union will go to war only if she is attacked, and if she is attacked I cannot see Australia being invaded by Soviet troops. The job of Communists is to struggle to prevent war and to educate the mass of people against the idea of war. The Communist Party also wants to bring the working class to power, but if fascists in Australia use force to prevent the workers gaining that power, Communists will advise the workers to meet force with force" Later that year, Sharkey gave instructions to the Malayan Communist Party to conduct insurgency against their British colonial masters.
Editor says, In T0, the Charge against L. L. Sharkey ~ On 30th May, 1949, George Albert Watson, the Deputy, Crown Solicitor for the Commonwealth, filed an indictment against the General Secretary of the Australian Communist Party, Laurence Louis Sharkey, charging that on or about the 4th of March, 1949, for uttered these 'seditious' words. The alleged instructions to the Malayans is described at Australian Dictionary of Biography, Online Edition.
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