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Thursday, 24 October 1974
Page: 1932

Senator CHANEY (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question is addressed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. I preface it by saying that it does not require him to agree with any criticisms of the Government. Does the Minister agree with the President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Mr Hawke, that the trade union movement 'worked its guts out'- that is Mr Hawke 's expression- to put a Labor Government committed to full employment into power? Does he admit that the trade union movement now feels, and indeed has been, let down by the Government?

Senator MURPHY -I think it is fair to say that the trade union movement in general around Australia worked very hard to have a Labor Government elected in 1972 and again worked very hard to have that Government stay in power in the election in May this year. I think the trade union movement did so because it was to the advantage of its members to do so. I am sure that at the next election- whenever it comes- the trade union movement in general again will work very hard to have the Labor Government re-elected, as it will be, because again that will be to the advantage of the members of the trade unions.

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