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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4592

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

(1)   On how many occasions has the Court acted under sub-section (6.) of section 152 of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act to order the alteration of an organisation's register of members.

(2)   Is it a fact that persons not entitled to membership in a federal organisation are in fact being included in thi federal register of members of some organisations, and are recording votes in elections for office in the organisation.

(3)   If so, why has no action been taken to purge the registers of names of persons ineligible for membership.

Mr Lynch - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   I am advised that the Commonwealth Industrial Court has never acted under sub-section (6.) of section 152 of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act.

(2)   and (3) The matter raised by the honourable member is one aspect of a more general and extremely complex problem raised by the Commonwealth Industrial Court in its decision in the case of Moore versus Doyle. In my statement in the House on 7lh December on the Government's proposals tor amending the Conciliation and Arbitration Act I outlined some preliminary steps to deal with the problem and said that the Government's consideration of this matter is continuing with a view to the development of a more comprehensive solution.

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