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Meat strike an opportunity for Hawke to show rural commitment



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MEDIA RELEASE 24 JULY 1965

OPPOSITION SPOKESMAN ON TRADE H O N . TOM McVEIGH MP

MEAT STRIKE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR HAWKE TO SHOW RURAL COMMITMENT

Opposition Spokesman on Trade, Mr. Tom McVeigh, today challenged the Prime Minister to demonstrate his commitment to the rural sector by intervening in the current meat industry dispute.

Mr. McVeigh said1 if Mr. Hawke failed to intervene in tomorrow's national strike by meatworkers it would indict his consistent promises to assist the rural sector as nothing more than an on-going farce.

"By remaining silent throughout the dispute, the Federal Government has rejected its constitutional responsibilities towards exporters" Mr. McVeigh said.

"The Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union's refusal to accept a Federal Court ruling that it pay a $44,000 contempt of court fine demonstrates how close we are to complete union lawlessness in Australia."

Mr. McVeigh said Australian unions and their arrogant attitude towards industrial relations have played a major role in Australia's declining international competitiveness.

"Yet, despite all the rhetoric of this Government in trade matters, its record of ensuring accountability by unions in industrial relations and in export industries in particular is severely damaging Australian exporters' credibility."

"The Hawke Government and its Accord have failed to deliver to exporters anything approaching guaranteed reliability of supply for their exports. Exporters are observing and noting the Government's lack of performance in this dispute, as they have in

so many o thers.

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