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Monday, 24 May 1965


Senator GORTON (VICTORIA) (Minister for Works) - The four specific questions asked by Senator Wright are: Can he take it as a fact that the statement as reported was made? Has the Government considered that particular statement? What are the Government's plans to deal with the situation? What has happened during the last week on the Sydney waterfront? In the term " Government ", I presume that the honorable senator would include the Minister for Labour and National Service and his advisers. I do not have those matters in my mind, and it is of no use asking the honorable senator to place his questions on the notice paper because I do not think there would be sufficient time for answers to be obtained from the Minister for Labour and National Service before the end of the sessional period. I shall write to the Minister for Labour and National Service and ask him to reply to these questions direct to the honorable senator. If it is true that political strikes are engaged in on the waterfront or anywhere else, I can say only that it is a negation of the proper running of the country and a prostitution of the industrial processes of Australia.







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