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Thursday, 5 March 1970

Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Has the Attention of the Minister for Labour and National Service been directed to a ministerial statement by his predecessor published in his Department's official 'Industrial Information Bulletin' in which the present Treasurer, commenting on the 1967 metal trades decision of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, said that the Commission had 'disregarded the most elementary workings of the Australian labour market'; that it had fixed rates without any detailed examination'; that it bad side-stepped its responsibility, and that the issues were too vital for Australia's economic development and future for him to remain silent. Does the Minister agree that his predecessor made a correct assessment of the manner in which the members of the Commission had, on that occasion, discharged their responsibilities of office? If so, does he believe that he acted correctly in refusing to remain silent in the face of the Commission's disregard for relevant factors and its action in side-stepping its responsibility?

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