Following o the stories of commies in the ALP I wrote about yesterday, one of the Hawke Ministers named as having dual membership, Arthur Geitzelt, has said the claim is false.
It is interesting that the original claim by Mark Aarons as reported wasn't that he knew from his father's records as Secretary of the CPA that the two Senators - Geitzelt and Childs - were CPA members, but that it was the ASIO record that they were. After all the book is about the ASIO record not the family archives.
It reminded me of a story my father told of his time as a Lt Col in the CMF (now Army Reserve). He proposed to promote a young fellow to Corporal in the Field Ambulance he ran. He was visited by the spooks who told him he couldn't promote him because he was known to meet with communsts. It transpired that the fellow's real job was as a musician and that the spooks had observed him going to work at a club where communists were known to meet.
I'd suggest everyone have a Bex and a good lie down before they take as truth anything they fin in a ASIO file - especially one constructed any time before the Hope royal commission.