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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 2329

Senator MULVIHILL (New South Wales) - I do not want to prolong the debate on this clause but I was called out of the chamber and missed the full explanation of the Attorney-General (Senator Greenwood). Perhaps I could just illustrate a case and the Attorney-General might answer it for me.I would like to give the example of an employee of a factory in Sydney. This case may be further complicated, as the Attorney-General can appreciate by migrant overtones. Take the case where the delegate takes the union dues on a Friday to the union office and, there being a lack of communication, the employee, that is the union member indicates to an interpreter that he is leaving that day. This is conveyed verballyto the union delegate and this fellow is struck off the list of members. The union then writes to an address, say in Marrickville, that it has accepted his resignation. Let us assume that because of the migration of people all over the urban areas this letter goes to the Dead Letter Office and then is returned to the union. What would happen after that? In this case the union has endeavoured to meet the requirements, the letter goes to the Dead Letter Office and the fellow is under the impression that he is still a member. What would happen under these circumstances?

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