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Dr Burton at the Royal Commission on Espionage

Dr John Burton, who served as Secretary to Australia’s Department of External Affairs between 1947 and 1950, appeared before the Royal Commission on Espionage in closed session on November 2, 1954. His in camera evidence, and the written submissions which he subsequently tendered to the Royal Commission, are the subject of this article. In sum, they reveal him to be dishonest, evasive and dissembling in almost every relevant particular. They can only serve to strengthen the case, advanced in these pages in November 2013, that Dr Burton was a conscious agent of the Soviet Union during the time he held…

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