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Wednesday, 19 April 1961

Mr McMAHON (LOWE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - I have read of the statement made by Mr. Docker to the Industrial Court recently that, no matter what the terms of the act or the award might be, the union itself would engage in strike action should it decide to do so.

Opposition Members. - Hear, hear!

Mr McMAHON - The Opposition says " Hear, hear! " I think it is perfectly true to say that the waterside workers should recognize that it costs from £800 to £900 a day to keep a ship in port and that, in the long run, the people who pay the additional cost needlessly forced upon the community by the actions of the Waterside Workers Federation are the Australian consumers themselves. I hope that when it is next listening to Mr. Docker the Industrial Court will continue to make it perfectly plain to him that it will not tolerate illegal actions by the Waterside Workers Federation which can result only in inflicting increased costs upon the Australian people.

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