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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 2329

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesLeader of the Opposition) - This is a very important section that has been the subject of court cases over, I think, half a century. For example, payment of dues has been construed by the High Court in one famous case as remaining liable to pay the dues. Perhaps the proposed new section will produce a great deal of contention. I do not think it is satisfactory at all. There are considerations which have been mentioned by Senator Rae, as well as others. What is proposed by Senator James McClelland is an improvement, but the consequences of resignation to an organisation, to a member and to those in the industry are very important. One would think that it is a simple matter like leaving a tennis club. However, it is not. There have been many great cases over this and the fate of officers has depended upon such small matters as the effectiveness of resignations as well as admission to membership. This is not a small matter at all. I regret that the proposed new section is not framed in a better shape than the way we are leaving it, but there is nothing much we can do about it in the circumstances.

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