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Tuesday, 3 December 1974
Page: 3009

Senator CARRICK (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question, which is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Labor and Immigration, refers to the public statement of the Prime Minister that sections of the trade union movement are conspiring with employers to force up prices. Since this is a serious accusation by the Government against the trade unions, what specific evidence can the Government produce to support the charge? Will the Minister provide the Senate with supporting evidence? Alternatively, if the Minister cannot provide such evidence, will he on behalf of the Government withdraw the accusation or dissociate himself from it?

Senator BISHOP - I have only seen the Press statement. I do not know whether the Prime Minister said these things. I think the question should be directed to the Minister representing the Prime Minister. It is for the Prime Minister to say whether he made this statement and upon what his views are based. I am not going to add to any contention by Senator Carrick by following up this hare that he has let loose. I suggest that he put the question on notice and the Prime Minister can reply to him.

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