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Australian Jews Seek Passage of Group Libel Laws; Prospects Good in One State

May 4, 1947
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Australian Jewish communities have embarked on a campaign to obtain the passage of group libel laws which would permit a representative of a Jewish community organization to sue for libel persons making public anti-Semitic statements.

Conferences have been held recently with various Cabinet officers, including Minister for External Affairs Herbert V. Evatt, who is one of the leaders of the majority Labor Party. Prospects for passage of such legislation are considered good in at least one of the six Australian states. Meanwhile, a number of local groups have been organized to press the drive.

The third annual conference of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, which is the central representative body of 35,000 Australian Jews, decided to affiliate with the World Jewish Congress. Other resolutions adopted by the parley include a request to the United Nations to support a return to the spirit of the Baliou Declaration, a demand for abrogation of the White Paper and the free entry of Jews to Palestine.

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