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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 2334

Senator MURPHY (New South Wales) (Leader of the Opposition) - The Opposition opposes clause 50 which deals with the notification of particulars of bank accounts. It is repugnant to us as being an unacceptable interference with the affairs of trade unions. It is consistent with the Government's repudiation of its own philosophy. If there were any remnants of the Liberal Party philosophy which has been expounded all over Australia they are being ripped rapidly away by the proposals made by this Government. The precedents being set by this legislation for interference with corporate structures, for prevention of mergers and interference with internal affairs of corporations - which happen to be trade unions - are a sign that no-one in

Australia can expect the Liberal Party to observe even what it proclaimed as its philosophy in the past. What can be done to corporations which are trade unions can be done to corporations which are not trade unions. Once this kind of precedent is introduced into legislation there is little doubt that future governments will tend to follow it. This will have the effect of reducing the freedom of organisations and will cause an erosion of the freedom of individuals. The Liberal-Country Party coalition is taking steps towards an unfree society and this legislation is a clear example of it. We will oppose the clause.

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