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Wednesday, 1 December 1965

Mr WILSON (Sturt) .- The honorable member for Grayndler (Mr. Daly) seems amazed to discover that Government supporters are free to act and to vote according to the dictates of their consciences. They are not like the slaves of the Labour Party, who are subject to the dictates of 36 faceless men who have never been elected to Parliament. If the honorable member wants to call the attention of the people of this country to the freedom of members of the Liberal Party and the Country Party and the slavery of members of the Labour Party, that is all right by us. There is a vital difference between the amendment moved by the honorable member for Isaacs (Mr. Haworth) and clause 10. Clause 10 makes it obligatory for a member of the tribunal to have knowledge of or experience in industry, commerce or public administration. Therefore it would be quite possible for two non-presidential members to be public servants because they would have knowledge of public administration. The point the honorable member for Isaacs (Mr. Haworth) was making - and making very forcefully - is that as the members of the tribunal are to deal with matters of commerce and industry at least one of them should have had practical experience in commerce and industry, so that he would know how commerce and industry worked from a practical point of view. The Committee should realise that what the honorable member is proposing is something quite different from and in addition to the conditions that are laid down in clause 10. I would ask the members of the Committee to consider whether one of these members should or should not have had practical experience - I emphasise practical as against theoretical - in commerce or industry and not just in public administration.

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