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Thursday, 25 October 1973

Senator CAVANAGH (South AustraliaMinister for Aboriginal Affairs) - The deletion of clause 62 would prevent the repeal of section 153a of the Act, which requires organisations to notify the Registrar of prescribed details of bank accounts and their locations. It was introduced to enable Parliament to decide what scrutiny should be given. Of course, it must be remembered that the section applies to employer organisations as well as unions. If the Opposition is successful in its opposition to this provision the Government might well make the necessary regulations and enforce them rigorously against employer organisations as well as the large single employers.

Senator Greenwood - I should have thought that that is naturally what would have followed.

Senator CAVANAGH -I do not know whether the honourable senator really wants the Government to have the power to require such a prescribing in relation to employer organisations. Sitting in the gallery of the chamber we have a representative of one of the largest employer organisations in Australia. I think he has come along to see what opposition there would be to an attempt to give the Minister for Labour the right to require his organisation to notify the Registrar of its investments and funds. As long as honourable senators opposite know what they are doing and do not think that we would be making an attack upon employer organisations if we required them to do so. Obviously the employer organisations are not such friends of the Liberal Party of Australia as one would have believed.

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