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Tuesday, 20 October 1964


Senator CAVANAGH (South Australia) . - I should like to address myself further to Division No. 330. I am prompted to speak again by the comments of Senator Morris. I suppose the honorable senator and I are biased in approaching labour matters. We represent opposite sides, and possibly we both have a vested interest in the side that we represent. Therefore, I do not blame any honorable senator for being cautious about anything either of us may say. What we say should be received with due consideration and not simply with the thought that honorable senators have another supporter or another opponent, as the case may be. Because of that biased approach, possibly from time to time we grasp at reports or statements which support our case. Rather should we try to analyse the situation and determine whether we have any knowledge of the matter under discussion. Having determined that, we should decide whether to accept those reports.

It is stated repeatedly that strikes are held against the wishes and the welfare of members of Communist dominated unions. Let me say after a long experience in the trade union movement that, in view of the propaganda that is put out today against members of the Communist Party, no Communist could win or retain a position in the trade union movement following the holding of a properly conducted ballot unless he were more capable and more sincere than those who opposed him. No matter what his powers of oratory might be or what methods of deceit he might employ, no Communist who was elected to office could pull out on strike 5,000 employees at the Holden works in Victoria unless those employees believed that there was some justice in their case. Men do not like giving up their incomes.







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