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Tuesday, 30 April 1957

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - I have heard that the practice does exist. I am not in a position to state how general it is.

Dr Evatt - Then do not repeat gossip.

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - It is gossip that has come to me from the right honorable gentleman's side of the House, if he wishes to know the source of my information. I do not claim to have any authoritative information on the point. I have not had any official complaints, so far as I am aware, nor am I conscious of any such complaints having reached the department. However, I shall have inquiries made to see whether the practice exists and whether there is any grievance felt in regard to it, and what power, if any, there is inside the administration of my own department, or that of my colleague, the Attorney-General, to provide some protection to unionists who are affected in this way.

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