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Thursday, 25 October 1956

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - I lay on the table the following papers: -

Stevedoring Industry Act 1954 - Report by Committee of Inquiry, Parts I. VII., VIII., IX., X. and XI.. together with appendices.

Mr Haylen - Can we get a copy immediately?

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - Yes. Honorable members will be aware that recently the Leader of the Opposition (Dr. Evatt) asked me whether I could make this report available before the House considered the Stevedoring Industry Charge Bill 1956, which has been introduced. I have done that before I have had an opportunity to go into the contents of the report fully. I have also had prepared in the department a note on the report, which will indicate in summary form the principal items referred to in the report. Copies of both the summary and the substantial document are available to honorable members. Although it deprived me of the opportunity of going rather more carefully into the matter, as I normally would have wished to do, I thought it advisable that honorable members should have available the subject-matter of this phase of the report of the committee of inquiry for week-end consideration and before the debate on the bill is resumed.

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