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LABOUR WARNED

DANGER OF DISUNITY I Mr. Chifley's First Speech As I Prime Minister

N.Z. Press Association—-Copyright Rec. 12.30 p.m. SYDNEY, this day. In his first public speech as Prime Minister, Mr. Chifiey, at Lithgow, warned the Labour movement of the dangers of disunity. He said that Labour would win the next Federal elections if the present "unparalleled" unity in the industrial and political Labour movement continued. The late John Curtin was hurt less by Opposition and the Press criticism, he said, than by criticism and dissent from his associates in the Labour movement.

"The country will not stand for dissension in any movement, Labour or otherwise, that seeks to govern. I can only be a success if the people behind me are determined to see me a success. If there is a split among politicians it is because there is a split farther down. Splits do not start from the top but from the bottom.

"The people will not elect -a party that cannot govern itself. You do not want eloquent and great statesmanship. You want a sane and progressive Government." Mr. Chifiey said that he had no personal ambitions. To him Labour was a social religion for the betterment of all mankind.

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LABOUR WARNED, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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LABOUR WARNED Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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