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Wednesday, 23 August 1972
Page: 313


Senator CARRICK - My question, is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Labour and National Service and essentially is supplementary, to the question I asked the Attorney-General, ls it a fact that physical violence and intimidation are considerably more evident in countries where collective bargaining rather than arbitration is used for the settlement of industrial disputes? Has not such violence been a growing characteristic of collective bargaining in countries such as Britain and the Linked States of America in recent times? Is not the growing violence in Australia stimulated by the Australian Labor Party's policy of weakening and destroying arbitration, asserting collective bargaining, advocating the abolition of court penalties and advocating law breaking?


Senator WRIGHT - I assert again that this question is most appropriate to the present circumstances. Senator Carrick brings to light ari inseparable relationship between the position of collective bargaining and the system of arbitration that we have in Australia. The psychology that is developed at mass meetings associated with collective bargaining has increased the tendency to violence and disorder in countries where that system is the predominant means of resolving industrial disputes. In fact, that was the crunch of the dockers meeting to which I referred earlier in question time. That meeting erupted in violence because a minority element of the dockers was attempting to assert immunity from the jurisdiction of the courts and the law of Great Britain, because that system is attempting to give the benefit of an ordered industrial system to, as well as to impose the responsibility on, the workers of Great Britain. As we have seen, the meeting was of such violence that respected and high members of the trade union movement who were giving advice in what they thought were the best interests of their own members were subjected to assault, turbulence and violence to the degree that Mr Jones has said that he would advocate that members who behaved in that way should be disciplined by expulsion.

The latter part of Senator Carrick's question deserves to be underlined. We are seeing expressed now in the form of direct violence in the trade union movement in Australia the product of a campaign of urging and encouragement to lawlessness by the Australian Labor Party over the last 2 years--


Senator Keeffe - What do you think you are doing now? You are encouraging it.


Senator WRIGHT - I am bringing to your notice and to the notice of one of the Houses of this Parliament, quite solemnly, a matter that should be considered calmly by those who have started out on a course advocating disorder and non-compliance with those laws of which unionists and others disapprove. We cannot have a system of law for one section of the community and a system of lawlessness and disorder for the other unless we have chaos. That is what is beginning in this country.







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