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    JOHN ROBERTS, SPEAKING TODAY(MONDAY) FOR THE LONDON-BASED GROUP WHICH CALLS ITSELF "AUSTRALIANS AND NEW ZEALANDERS AGAINST THE WAR IN VIETNAM", STATED THAT THEIR PRIMARY INTEREST WAS TO ATTRACT ATTETION TO THEIR FIGHT AGAINST THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT'S POLICE IN THE VIETNAM WAR AND, IF ANY SHEARN CAMPAIGN IS WAGED AGAINST PRIME MINISTER JOHN GREY GORTON COULD BE USED TO FURTHER THEIR AIMS, THEY WOULD MAKE USE OF IT.

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    SV INT. MR. ROBERTS SEATED WITH INTERVIEWER - INTERVIEWER ASKS QUESTION SOF STARTS "MR. ROBERTS......" SOF ENDS "....THANK YOU MR. ROBERTS"
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    TRANSCRIPT: INTERVIWER (SEQ 2): MR. ROBERTS, CAN YOU TELL US SOMETHING OF THE BACKGROUND TO "AUSTRALIANS AND NEW ZEALANDERS AGAINST THE WAR IN VIETNAM?



    ROBERTS: WELL, AS ITS NAME SUGGESTS IT IS A POLITICAL GROUP OF EXPATRIATE AUSTRALIANS WHO OPPOSE THEIR GOVERNMENT'S VIETNAM POLICY WHO WANT THE AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND TROOPS WITHDRAW FROM VIETNAM AND TO ENGAGE IN VARIOUS ACTIVITIES WHICH THEY THINK MIGHT CONTINUE TO GETTING THEM OUT OF VIETNAM.



    INTERVIEWER: A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE YESTERDAY ALLEGED THAT YOUR GROUP HAD QUITE A BIT TO DO WITH PUBLICISING THESE RECENT ALLEGATIONS AGAINST MR. GORTON - CAN YOU COMMENT ON THAT?



    ROBERTS: DURING MR. GORTON'S VISIT OUR GROUP MOUNTED A CAMPAIGN OF ATTACK AGAINST MR. GORTON'S POLICIES, PARTICULARLY HIS VIETNAM POLICY, BUT ALSO SEVERAL OF HIS OTHER POLICIES RELATING TO AUSTRALIAN IMMIGRATION POLICY AND WHAT SEVERAL OTHERS I WON'T GO INTO. WE DID THIS MOUNTING DEMONSTRATIONS, BECAUSE THE SORTS OF OPINIONS WE REPRESENT TEND NOT TO BE VERY WELL REPRESENTED IN THE MEDIA AND WE DON'T ACCESS TO THESE SOURCES OF COMMUNICATION, AND WE GET ACCESS TO THEM BY GOING TO THE STREETS WITH BANNERS WE CARRIED, THE POINTS WE WERE TRYING TO MAKE RELATED PRIMARILY, AS I SAID, TO VIETNAM AND TO MR. GORTON'S POLICIES. ON THE OTHER HAND, WE OBVIOUSLY DID MOUNT A GENERAL CAMPAIGN OF CRITICISM OF MR. GORTON IN THE CONTEXT OF WHICH, NOT NECESSARILY BY US, ALL SORTS OF ATTACKS ON MR. GORTON WERE LAUNCHED.



    INTERVIEWER: DO YOU THINK IT'S QUITE FAIR THAT MR. GORTON'S PRIVATE LIFE SHOULD BE BROUGHT INTO DISCUSSION OF HIS POLITICAL ACTIVITIES?



    ROBERTS: MY VIEW ON THIS IS QUITE STRAIGHTFORWARD - I THINK IF YOU ARE A POLITICIAN, PARTICULARLY IF YOU ARE PRIME MINISTER, IT'S JUST A FACT OF LIFE YOU'VE GOT TO ACCEPT THAT EVERYTHING YOU DO HAS POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS, AND IF MR. GORTON CANNOY ACCEPT THIS FACT HE SHOULDN'T BE A PRIME MINISTER. I THINK THERE ARE OTHER BETTER REASONS WHY HE SHOULDN'T HE A PRIME MINISTER BUT THAT PROBABLY IS ONE.



    INTERVIEWER: ARE YOU MAKING IT YOUR TASK IN LONDON TO GIVE AS MUCH PUBLICITY AS POSSIBLE TO THESE, TO THESE RUMOURS?



    ROBERTS: IN SO FAR AS THEY DIVERT ATTENTION FROM THE MAJOR ISSUE WHICH CONCERNS US, WHICH IS THE POLICY OF THE AUSTRALIAN MOVEMENT IN RELATION TO VIETNAM, I WOULD TRY AND AVOID DOING THIS. INSOFAR AS THEY REFLECT THE WHOLE STYLE AND VALUES OF AUSTRALIAN POLITICS, THEN I THINK THEY ARE VERY CLOSELY RELATES TO THE GOVERNMENT'S POLICY AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM RAISED.



    INTERVIEWER: THANK YOU, MR. ROBERTS.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: JOHN ROBERTS, SPEAKING TODAY(MONDAY) FOR THE LONDON-BASED GROUP WHICH CALLS ITSELF "AUSTRALIANS AND NEW ZEALANDERS AGAINST THE WAR IN VIETNAM", STATED THAT THEIR PRIMARY INTEREST WAS TO ATTRACT ATTETION TO THEIR FIGHT AGAINST THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT'S POLICE IN THE VIETNAM WAR AND, IF ANY SHEARN CAMPAIGN IS WAGED AGAINST PRIME MINISTER JOHN GREY GORTON COULD BE USED TO FURTHER THEIR AIMS, THEY WOULD MAKE USE OF IT.

    THE CURRENT CAMPAIGN HAS ALLEGED THAT MR. GORTON HAS BEEN FRIENDLY WITH LAZA MINELLI, JUDY GARLAND'S 23-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER: AND GERALDINE WILLESEE, THE 19-YEAR-OLD JOURNALIST DAUGHTER OF SENATOR JOHN WILLESEE. ALL PARTIES CONCERNED HAVE DENIED ANY IMPROPRIETY IN THEIR RELATIONS.

    THE GROUP HAS SO FAR BEEN INVOLVED IN SEVERAL DEMONSTRATION IN LONDON, FROM PICKETING THE LATE HAROLD HOLT'S MEMORIAL SERVICE IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY LAST YEAR TO MARCHING WITH BANNERS ATTACKING MR. GORTON WHEN HE WAS IN LONDON FOR THE RECENT PRIME MINISTERS' CONFERENCE. TO EXPLAIN THEIR ACTIVITIES, MR. ROBERTS WAS ASKED: SOF STARTS

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3470WHSH8F6ISQ8JZFZC2I7NB
    Media URN:
    VLVA3470WHSH8F6ISQ8JZFZC2I7NB
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/03/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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