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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2809

Senator STEELE HALL (South AustraliaLeader of the Liberal Movement) - I want to say in a few brief words that I agree with the assessment that Senator Greenwood made of the problem. But like others within his Party he continually, at great length, sets out the problem but offers no specific worthwhile cures for it. We have listened for something like half an hour, or close to it, to an exposition of that problem once again- an exposition which may very well have been given in 1946, 1949, 1955 or 1974. His exposition went not one whit further in proposing to this House and this Parliament a solution to that problem. I think it would well behove Senator Greenwood to bring up some definite and specific proposals from his Party rather than waste the time of this House telling all of us what we know. I suggest that if his Party on our side of politics wants to do something useful it might come out with some very firm unequivocal statement of what it is going to do about secret ballots for strike decisions and about the implementation of parliamentary disciplines in the election of union officials. My Party remains quite firmly and simply committed to the establishment of parliamentary democracy and the disciplines of parliamentary democracy in the union movement, as they should apply in this House. That is an unequivocable simple statement of policy. Senator Greenwood appears to have got nowhere except to have bored us with a 25-minute exposition of the problem. I agree with him as far as he took the matter. One would agree with the Victorian Government's dilemma and its attempts to overcome it. But for heaven's sake, if Senator Greenwood wishes to address the House at great length I hope that the next time he will have some solution.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a first time.

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