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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 29, No. 14. 1966.



The Labour Party on Wednesday brought the matter into the House of Representatives.

Labour speakers angrily charged that the Government, by using a part of the urgent question procedure, had curtailed the time which should have been available for the debate by nearly an hour.

Labour speakers concentrated on the alleged existence of an American security service in New Zealand, and on the actions of Mr. Laurenson.

Copies of "Salient" were prominent on both sides of the House during the debate. and National members had been well supplied with photostats of Committee on Vietnam material. and of some of Mr. Boshier's advertisements and letters to the editor.

Mr. Holyoake said the American ambassador denied that there was an American Security Service in New Zealand.

He did not attempt to explain how Mr. Laurenson was able lo ring something which did not exist.

Flourishing the green-crested notepaper of the Security Service, he announced that the Security chief Brigadier H. E. Gilbert. had volunteered that Mr. McGrath's charges were "totally unjustified."

This contrasted with Security's refusal to comment on the charges when asked to by Salient five days earlier.

Mr. Holyoake read to the House a statement by Mr. P. A. Barnes.