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Thursday, 24 October 1974
Page: 1968

Senator BISHOP (South AustraliaPostmasterGeneral) - I simply want to say very briefly that I recognise the sorts of reservations which Senator Greenwood has just stated and which he expressed in his speech during the second reading debate. I can only say that the position which he puts can be answered only when the legislation is passed, because at that time we would expect a quick response from the unions, the employers and the State governments in the sense that I will have reported. It may be that one or other of them may say: 'Well, something more is required '. I do not know. I can only say that this legislation in fact was drafted in essence by Mr Justice Sweeney who at this stage would be probably the most competent authority to deal with the legislation. As I said earlier, the working party of the National Labour Advisory Council in the days of the former Government also worked towards the same objectives.

I thank the Senate for the speedy passage of the legislation. I do not know what the position will be in relation to the bond or deed. I put again the position I put earlier. It may be that a State such as my own State would say that in effecting that sort of arrangement with the State branch of a Federal union it would be sufficient in fact simply to apply deregistration procedures. With those remarks, I thank the Senate for its consideration of the legislation.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.

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