AUSTRALIA: Explosion

An ugly, long-smoldering dispute exploded last week and split Australia's brawling, sprawling Labor Party wide open. Labor Party Chief Dr. Herbert Vere Evatt, 60, openly declared war on the party's biggest single faction: the Catholic right wing, which contains almost half of Labor's membership.

A former High Court judge and Foreign Minister, whose passion to right all wrongs sometimes leads him to wrong the right, shaggy Herbert Evatt had never hit it off with his party's hornyhanded, mainly Catholic trade unionists in the big cities. His indiscriminate sympathy for the underdog led him to plead the case of martyred Cardinal...

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