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Thursday, 13 October 1955

Mr E JAMES HARRISON (BLAXLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question to the Minister for Labour and National Service is supplementary to that asked a moment ago by the honorable member for Evans. I ask the Minister whether he does not agree that the attitude towards the framework of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Act that he evinced yesterday lends itself to giving the green light to Communists to do the very thing just mentioned by the honorable member for Evans. Did the Minister really mean what he said yesterday to the House, that he was not certain that the Government had fully covered in its legislation situations where trade union members were subject to threats of intimidation over secret courtcontrolled trade union ballots. If the Minister did mean that, I ask him whether he has lost sight, altogether, of section 73 of the act, which provides for a penalty of £50 or six months' imprisonment for any one who obstructs the taking of a ballot or uses any form of intimidation in order to prevent any person from voting who is entitled to vote under the act.

Mr HOLT - I tried to point out to the House yesterday that whilst we appear to have covered the position when an election was actually going to be held, there was some doubt as to whether or not we had protected those persons who might wish to bring about an election and who wished to discuss the matter with their fellows in order to persuade them, if they could, that this was a desirable course, only to find that, as a result of that process, they had become subject to threats or intimidation of one kind or another by officials of the union. I do not think that the section to which the honorable gentleman has referred covers that position; nor does section 96n, to which I made detailed reference yesterday. However,

I intend to examine the matter thoroughly in order to see whether any further legislative action by this Parliament is desirable.

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