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Thursday, 30 September 1971
Page: 1729

Dr MACKAY (Evans) (Minister for the Navy) - I wish to make a personal explanation.

Mr SPEAKER - Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Dr MACKAY - Yes. In yesterday's edition of the 'Australian' words were ascribed to me which were not used by . me in my reply to a question in this House on Tuesday in relation to dockyards. These words have now been expanded in today's Australian' in the way of a straw man to suggest things in my answer that were not actually there. The statement that was reported in the 'Australian' was that I had said there was growing irresponsibility on the part of some unions. These words were never used. I assume they were the result of a mistake in shorthand. The words as recorded in Hansard and obtained by all other newspapers were that there was great resistance on the part of some unions to the use of security identification passes. I maintain that my statement was absolutely accurate. Indeed, when this matter was first indicated to the unions in one yard they mentioned passes; they went back to their men; the men passed a resolution protesting about passes and other matters, and went on strike for the rest of the day. There has been great resistance.

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