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Tuesday, 30 April 1957

Mr Aston n asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice -

Will he prepare a statement showing the results of the secret ballot legislation since it was passed in 1951, including information regarding (a) the number of applications made for officially conducted union ballots since the amendment of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act in 1951, (b) the results of those applications, (c) the unions involved, (d) the number of applications for court investigation into alleged irregularities made since the (i) 1949 legislation and (ii) amendment of 1931, and (e) the results of these applications?

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - The following are the answers to the honorable member's questions: -

(a)   One hundred and thirty-one.

(b)   One hundred and two applications granted; 29 refused.

(c)   Federated Ironworkers Association of Australia; Australian Railway Union; Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners of Australia; Federated Clerks Union of Australia; Federated Marine Stewards and Pantrymen's Association of Australasia; Amalgamated Postal Workers Union of Australia; Merchant Service Guild of Australasia; Shop Assistants and Warehouse Employees Federation of Australia; Transport Workers Union of Australia, Australian Workers Union; Australian Builders Labourers Federation; Amalgamated Engineering Union; Blacksmiths Society of Australasia; Australian Foremen Stevedores Association; Hospital Employees Federation of Australia; Federated Miscellaneous Workers Union of Australia; Australasian Society of Engineers; Musicians Union of Australia; Federated Storemen and Packers Union of Australia.

(d)   (i) From 1949 legislation to date, 32, (ii) from 1951 amendments to date, 16, i.e., sixteen prior to and sixteen after the 1951 amendments.

(e)   In twelve cases the application was refused and in one case it was found there was no jurisdiction. Of the remaining nineteen applications, irregularities were found to have occurred in eleven; five were dismissed; three were withdrawn.

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