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Wednesday, 1 December 1965

Mr BUCHANAN (McMillan) .- I want to make a direct comment on what has been said by the Minister for Shipping and Transport (Mr. Freeth). He said that he did not know what industry wants.

Mr Freeth - I did not say exactly that.

Mr BUCHANAN - The Minister said he did not know what industry wanted because at one time it wanted legal men on the tribunal and at another time it wanted businessmen on it. There is only one thing that businessmen do want; they want the whole Bill withdrawn. Both the Minister for Shipping and Transport and the Attorney-General (Mr. Snedden) have given us figures relating to the number of registrations in England under similar legislation in that country. The Attorney-General gave a figure of 2,700. They seem to have completely forgotten the entirely different conditions that apply to registration in England compared with those that will apply in Australia. Under this legislation all agreements will have to be registered. In England they have an entirely different system of selecting certain industries and naming certain ones whose agreements have to be registered.

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