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Wednesday, 27 March 1985
Page: 852


Senator MacGIBBON —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) requests the immediate withdrawal of Australia from the International Labour Organisation (ILO), as unionism as currently practiced in Australia is:

(i) an anachronism,

(ii) no longer relevant to or compatible with the future development of Australian industry or society,

(iii) still compulsory when it should be a matter of personal choice;

(a) in making this decision to withdraw from the ILO, acknowledges that:

(i) most Australians would prefer to have a job rather than be a party to the ILO, and

(ii) bodies such as the ILO, which reinforce the monopoly of labour by unions, are incompatible with basic civil rights; and

(c) therefore resolves to congratulate and support Singapore on its resignation from the ILO.