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Tuesday, 18 May 1965

Senator CANT (Western Australia) . - I have listened carefully to honorable senators who have spoken on clause 6 and to the Minister for Works (Senator Gorton) who replied. All have been trying to tell us of the circumstances in which this legislation will not apply. If the Minister expects the Committee to support the legislation, it is time he told us in what circumstances the legislation will apply. It certainly will not apply to spontaneous stoppages such as those called in shops and factories by shop stewards. These are stoppages over which a union has no control at the beginning, and they are not supported by the Australian Council of Trade Unions. This legislation will not affect such stoppages because they happen spontaneously. At the same time, they comprise the greatest number of stoppages and cause probably the greatest industrial disruption. In addition, there are other circumstances which have been outlined to which this part of the legislation will not apply. I should like the Minister to tell me in what circumstances the legislation will apply.

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