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Australian Left Review

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Profile: Fred Paterson


Tom Lardner


Frederick Woolnough Paterson deserves more than the three lines he used to get in Who’s Who In Australia. As a Member of Parliament he had to be included but his listing could not have been more terse: PATERSON, Frederick Woolnough, M.L.A. for Bowen (Qld.) 1944-50; address Maston St., Mitchelton, Qld. Nothing like the average 20 lines given to most o f those in Who’s Who, many with much less distinguished records. But then Fred Paterson had the disadvantage—or was it the distinction?—of being a Communist Member o f Parliament— in fact, Australia’s first Communist M.P.