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Thursday, 2 December 1965

Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) . - The speech made by the honorable member for Hindmarsh (Mr. Clyde Cameron) confirms my opinion that if the Australian Labour Party got into power it would use this clause practically to nationalise many industries in Australia. The honorable member said that in perfectly direct language. He said that I did not stop in the chamber to hear his reply on the Australian Workers Union. I do not care what the law is; I stated the facts and the honorable member did not like them. He knows they are facts. In his speech the honorable member said the Broken Hill Pty. Co. Ltd., which he attacked, sold the cheapest steel in the world. If the honorable member does not believe that company's prices are right there could be a reduction in the. customs tariff so that Japanese steel could be sold here more cheaply. What the honorable member wants is to get this clause passed so that it could be used for purposes of nationalisation and this merely confirms the fears I had regarding it.

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