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Tuesday, 9 May 1961


Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Minister for Labour and National Service will appreciate that this Parliament has power to legislate for long service leave, not only in interstate trade, as in the stevedoring industry, but also in the Territories, but that he and his predecessor, on several occasions in the last few years, have advised the Minister for Territories and the Minister for the Interior to leave the matter to the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission. Will the honorable gentleman now demonstrate that his Government is interested in the humanitarian as well as in the disciplinary effects of long service leave by advising his colleagues to introduce ordinances for the Territories similar to the acts which have been passed by all State parliaments?







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