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Wednesday, 28 February 1973
Page: 32

Mr SNEDDEN - I now ask the Prime Minister, as I asked him several times directly and publicly last year without answer: Is he bound in making his policy decisions by all of the platform, constitution and rules of the Labor Party as approved at the Launceston Conference in 1971? If the answer is yes, does he, just as an example, intend to ensure adequate representation of trade unions on boards, commissions, trusts or similar government created bodies and in the managements of banking and insurance, mass media, communications and transport, natura) resource development and secondary industry, which is required by that platform? Does adequate representation mean that suitability will be an irrelevant consideration?

Mr WHITLAM - The answer is yes to the first and the second questions. The answer to the third question is that suitability will always be the prime consideration in the appointment of any trade union representatives to any of the bodies named.

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