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Wednesday, 27 September 1972
Page: 1287

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesLeader of the Opposition) - in reply - The urgency motion that I moved this morning was described by the Minister for Works (Senator Wright) as being extremely important. It was so important that he asked for time to ascertain the facts in relation to it. He said that he would go to the relevant Ministers and obtain statements from them. That is what I understood him to say. So, we expected him to give the answers at 8.45 this evening. But there were no answers, because the Government has no answers. In fact, it has failed to take action to protect Australian employment and industry in the supply of the Moomba-Sydney pipeline. It is clear that in failing to plan for the development of the transportation of natural gas throughout Australia it is failing Australian workmen. The diatribe by the Minister against the trade unions will not be accepted by Australia. Men such as Laurence Short spoke out with courage in defence of the entitlement of their members to work. The companies concerned are in confusion because of the refusal of the Government to give any kind of guidance or leadership. The Government has failed in this instance. What is worse than anything else is that it has failed to provide for the proper planning of this industry. I ask that the Senate support the motion.

Question put:

That the motion (Senator Murphy's) be agreed to.

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