A nice story came up at the Sydney Institute last night when a historian told the story of the referendum to get a green light for Menzies to ban the Communist Party.
Arthur Caldwell, not yet leader of the ALP was on a stump or soap box in Sydney with the local member Eddie Ward beside him. [Curtin dismissed Ward as a "bloody ratbag"].
Calwell urged a NO vote on the (mistaken) ground that a Yes would change the Constitution and give the Government of the moment dangerous powers that could only be removed with another referendum.
“Would you trust me to have that much power?” shouted Arthur.
Someone in the crowd replied “Yes, I would trust you Arthur”.
Arthur, in desperation, with a gesture towards the local member “But would you trust Eddie Ward?”