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Thursday, 20 September 1973
Page: 1384

Mr NIXON (Gippsland) - If we had another person in this place as the Minister for Labour I might be able to agree with the honourable member for Phillip (Mr Riordan).

But the present Minister for Labour (Mr Clyde Cameron) has a predilection, like other Ministers in this Government, to subvert the use of these inspectors, I suspect. There is a plain case in another place of a senator who has a police force. I do not know whether the Minister for Labour is saying 'Gough have mercy on us' or something like this.

Mr Killen - Clyde's own corps.

Mr NIXON - Me does not trust Murphy's boys so he wants to send Clyde's corps or Dad's Army out on a raid. The honourable member for Phillip would have every sympathy for the Opposition when I put that point. I know him well and he would comprehend my point. But the Minister for Labour, despite his benign appearance is sitting at the table studiously trying to read a paper that is upside down and is trying to ignore all these comments on a very serious matter. But there is another predilection of this Government which I think is of proper concern to us in opposition and that is its capacity to give jobs to the boys. It is true, I suppose, that a number of former Labor members who lost their seats at the last election or who retired could be found nice cushy jobs running around as members of Cameron's corps. They could possibly be used at Surfers Paradise checking that the bikini girls are behaving themselves and working proper hours.

Mr Riordan - This is serious.

Mr NIXON - Of course it is, and it should be treated seriously. That is the point. We do not think that the Minister should have the proposed power. The Committee should accept the amendment moved by the honourable member for Wannon (Mr Malcolm Fraser).

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