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Thursday, 21 September 1972
Page: 1110

Senator WEBSTER - Has the attention of the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Industry been drawn to a headline in the leading Australian newspaper this day wherein it is reported Hawke casts shadow over industry' and proceeds to outline the concern held in the advertising industry should Labor ever gain office? Does the Minister find disagreement with Mr Hawke's reported remarks which, in summary, indicate a wish to control industry and professional bodies in Australia? Does the Minister feel that the statement by the Vice-President of the Federated Clerks Union of Australia was quite appropriate when he said, in commenting on Mr Hawke's desire to enter the transport field: 'We get a letter from the ACTU Executive saying: "Cop this, fellows, it is good for you" '?

Senator COTTON - This question adverts to a great number of newspaper articles, none of which I have seen. I would just make the general observation that I am one who believes that Australia should be run by the Parliament and the people of Australia, not by outside groups. When people express great concern that Mr Hawke might run Australia under a Labor government I do not worry because there is not going to be a Labor government.

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