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Thursday, 11 April 1957

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - I imagine that most honorable members have followed in the press the reports of the legal proceedings which have led to the manning of the other ships that were immobilized as a result of the " Kumalla " dispute. They indicate that, so far, the company has not succeeded: in engaging a crew for " Kumalla ", though the failure or omission of the union to supply a crew would appear to be in direct contravention of the order of the tribunal in relation to that particular matter. It would appear to leave the union open to the imposition of a penalty for, I think, each day during which the failure to comply with the terms of the order continues.

Mr Calwell - Is all this not sub judice?

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - Not ail of it at -.he moment. The second matter raised oy the honorable member is - that is, whether some payments have been made by ihe shipping companies to the union in order to secure its acquiescence in the working of ships coming from overseas to Australia, ay other than Australian crews. All that I can say on that is that when I saw in the Melbourne papers yesterday the report of what the learned judge dealing with these matters had said, I asked for the transcript so that I could get his remarks in full. I shall confer with my colleague, the AttorneyGeneral, when we are both in a position to study the complete transcript.

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