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Tuesday, 7 December 1965

Mr McMAHON (LOWE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - I did see a statement said to have been made by a Mr. E. Mccormack who is standing for election as Assistant Secretary of the Melbourne Branch of the Waterside Workers Federation. He is not to be confused with Mr. J. Mccormack, an Australian Labour Party member-

Mr Calwell - They are both A.L.P. members.

Mr McMAHON - I will answer the question in my own way. The honorable gentleman can make a statement later if he wishes. Mr. E. McCormack is not to be confused with Mr. J. McCormack who is standing for election as President of the Melbourne Branch of the Federation.

Mr. E.McCormack, the man whom I mentioned first, has made a provocative statement which implies in effect that in the new year the Federation will not stand by the present agreement it has made with the Government and will not willingly cooperate in the all-in conference that is now being held with the support of the Australian Council of Trade Unions. He is not a member of the Executive of the Federation, as is suggested in the report; he is a member of the Federal Council.

Yesterday, the Federal office of the Waterside Workers Federation issued a statement denying responsibility for Mr. E. McCormack and stating that it will still participate in the all-in conference and that it will do so with sincerity and with the hope that the conference will ultimately reach a settlement of the various problems that are to be discussed there.

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