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Thursday, 15 August 1974
Page: 1011

Senator BISHOP -I wish to repeat briefly what I said earlier in respect of the Conciliation and Arbitration Bill 1974 with respect to amalgamations. 1 have stated- it is clearly in the records of the Senate- that this is the third occasion that legislation has come before the Senate in respect of these 2 subjects of amalgamation and agreements. Senator Townley, who has moved that the debate be adjourned, was a senator when this legislation was before the Senate on an earlier occasion. Senator Hall and some other senators were not then members of the Senate. But, generally speaking, the aims of the Government in respect of amalgamations and agreements have become known not only through public discussions and announcements by the Minister for Labor and Immigration (Mr Clyde Cameron), but also in the proposed legislation to which I referred earlier. That proposed legislation, which contained comprehensive amendments to the Conciliation and Arbitration Act, was introduced into the Parliament in May of last year and again in October of last year. It contained almost the same provisions as are now before the Parliament. At that time the Government made it clear that it objected to the stand of the Senate. The Government considered the Senate 's action in deleting those provisions a frustration. It is the opinion of the Government that the Senate's action in respect of this Bill and the other Bill constitutes a failure to pass. I think the Senate has had sufficient time to proceed and to debate them. These Bills were brought in this week and should have been dealt with. They should have been given the consideration of the Senate again. That consideration was denied first in June last year. Honourable senators have had ample opportunity to consider whether they want these Bills on the statute book. We will resist this motion and treat the matter in the way that I have announced on behalf of the Government.

Senator Withers - Mr President,I seek leave to make a statement.

The PRESIDENT -Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.

Senator Cavanagh - Mr President,I raise a point of order. Is it not possible to debate an adjournment motion without seeking leave to make a statement?

The PRESIDENT - Only when leave is granted can any discussion be proceeded with.

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