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Wednesday, 13 October 1971
Page: 2237

Mr WHITLAM - I ask a question of the Prime Minister. Has the right honourable gentleman noted the editorial view in today's Sydney 'Daily Telegraph' that the way lies open for the Government to get together with the Opposition to set up a working committee drawn from both sides of the House and get down to proposals for industrial legislation which is acceptable to both parties? If so, does he support the proposal of the 'Daily Telegraph'? Instead or as well, does he support the suggestion last May by the Industrial Registrar, Dr Ian Sharp, that a joint CommonwealthState royal commission or commission of inquiry be instituted to examine the whole question of industrial relations in this country?

Mr MCMAHON (LOWE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Prime Minister) - I have not read the editorial in today's 'Daily Telegraph' and consequently I cannot comment on it. But I can give the honourable gentleman this assurance: We have for some time been preparing industrial legislation which we will take to the Cabinet and then to my party room. As soon as this is done we will present a Bill to the House when it will be available for comment and the Opposition will be able to take up, I hope, an attitude in complete support of what we are doing.

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