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Thursday, 2 December 1965

Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) . - I was most interested in the speech of the honorable member for Hindmarsh (Mr. Clyde Cameron) - this modern Daniel come to judgment. I understand that he has at various times of his notable career been a member of the Australian Workers Union - another trade association.

Mr Clyde Cameron - We get fined if we go on strike or we get put in gaol.

Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) - I am noi talking about going on strike. I am talking about trade associations. The honorable member was criticising trade associations for certain restrictive practices. Certain of the criticisms he made may be correct; but who is the man who is making the criticisms? He was an important person in the Australian Workers Union. Not so very long ago I visited an abattoir in the north west of Australia. The leading slaughterman was a person not entirely of European blood. He was not allowed to be a member of the Australian Workers Union because he was not a new Australian or a partly new Australian. He was an original Australian.

Mr Clyde Cameron - That is contrary to law.

Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) - It may be contrary to law, but that was what was done by the Australian Workers Union of which the honorable member was an important member. I hope that his conscience will catch up with him and that this modern Hercules will cleanse his own Augean stables before he starts on other people.

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