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Wednesday, 3 June 1970

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

(1)   ls he able to say whether any State law requires the State to conduct investigations and, when necessary, to launch prosecutions (o protect union funds from embezzlement or misappropriation.

(2)   If not, will he consider introducing a Federal law similar to the United States LandrumurnGriffin Act under which embezzlement of union funds is a Federal offence and a function of the Department of Labour is to conduct investigations when necessary and to launch prosecutions to protect union funds from embezzlement or misappropriation.

Mr Snedden - The answer lo the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   I am informed by my advisers that they- are not aware of any such law.

(2)   There are adequate provisions under Slate law for prosecution of those who embezzle or misappropriate union funds.

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