John Curtin: A Prime Minister and his People

 
Banning of the Communist Party in World War II - Document 2

 

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(Document 2- 'A Prime Minister and his People' - P/R.027 Grace Bardsby Sept 1942)

Letter from G Bardsby to PM John Curtin, 21 September 1942, page 1

Letter from G Bardsby to PM John Curtin, 21 September 1942, page 2

 

Quiz - Document 2


1) This letter was written by

One answer only.
   the Prime Minister
   a journalist
   a priest
   an ordinary citizen

2) With reference to the ban on the Communist Party, the writer says

One answer only.
   that the ban should be lifted
   that the ban should stay in place
   that Australia and India are the only democracies where the Party is banned
   that the ban should be lifted until the end of the war

3) The writer suggests that the government has made a mistake by

One answer only.
   the continued retention of Communists in high office
   the continued retention of appointees of the previous government in high office
   lifting the ban on the Communist Party
   none of the above

4) The writer describes the Communist Party as

One answer only.
   inefficient and profit grabbing
   having doubtful patriotism
   a virile working class War Party
   a right wing Fascist pressure group

5) According to the writer, the workers view the ban on the Communist Party as

One answer only.
   an insult to Australia's Communist ally, the Soviet Union
   an insult to Australia's Fascist ally, the Soviet Union
   a warning that the Communist Party in India will also soon be banned.
   a warning to other parties about what can happen in war time

6) The writer claims that our democracy is

One answer only.
   the only one in the world where the Communist Party is banned
   the only one in the world that hasn’t banned the Communist Party
   actually dead
   under attack by right wing fascists

7) Because the Communist Party was still banned when Miss Bardsby wrote her letter, she would not have been able to write as a member of the Party. However, what evidence is there that she is pro-Communist?

One answer only.
   She expresses strong criticism of the previous government describing it as ‘profit-grabbing’.
   She suggests that continuance of the ban on the Communist Party is the result of right wing, fascist pressure on the current government.
   She believes that in all the Fascist countries, Communists are being persecuted as Fascism's deadliest ememies.
   All of the above


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