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Thursday, 19 November 1959

Mr ANDERSON (Hume) .- The honorable member for Darebin (Mr. Courtnay) has referred to the co-operation which could well take place between labour and management in certain classes of industry. There is no doubt in my mind that there is room for such consultation and co-operation in the metal trades industry and in many other industries. But the legislation with which we are dealing relates solely to the promotion and sale of products of the land, and I really cannot see how the labour element in the industry can assist in the sale of these products. If the honorable member is sincere in his argument, then I suggest his sincerity should be proved by having the labour element provide part of the necessary finances.

Mr Pollard - What about the canners finding part of the finances?

Mr ANDERSON - They are finding a part. I cannot see why trades unions should take part in consultations with the owners on the promotion and sale of goods. If they were prepared to put up a certain sum of money, then I would support the idea. Until that interest is shown I do not see any need for the co-operation of labour in this particular avenue.

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