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Tuesday, 27 October 1964


Senator GORTON (VICTORIA) (Minister for Works) - If a breadwinner is adversely affected by a strike, then clearly those dependent on him will be adversely affected. I do not know of any occasion on which it has been suggested that the wives of people who are engaged in an industrial stoppage should be given an equal vote with the trade union members involved. I am afraid I do not know why any such suggestion has not been made. I do not think that either the Government or the Minister for Labour and National Service can answer for the way in which the trade unions believe that votes should be cast in these affairs. Perhaps the honorable senator could make the suggestion to those who ure in charge of trade unions and then see whether it is adopted.







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