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Wednesday, 20 November 1974
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Senator BISHOP (South AustraliaPostmasterGeneral) - I just want to take 5 minutes to clear up what Senator Townley said. On 2 October 1974 in Hansard page 1595 after talking about this issue- the introduction of demarcation legislation- Senator Townley said:

The fallacy of this argument can be illustrated by the fact that there have been numerous demarcation disputes within the Amalgamated Metal Workers Union which have led to industrial dislocation and stand downs -

Senator Townley - What is your argument?

Senator BISHOP -This I think clears it up. The argument can be canvassed some other time. Senator Townley continued:

Since the amalgamation of the Amalgamated Engineering Union, the Boilermakers and Blacksmiths' Society of Australia and the Sheet Metal Workers Union into the Amalgamated Metal Workers Union.

After Senator Townley said that, Senator Mulvihill reported it to the Amalgamated Metal Workers Union. As Senator Mulvihill pointed out tonight- and as is contained in the document tabled by him- Mr Garland said:

The records will clearly show that, since the end of 1972. there have been hardly any major demarcation disputes between the three former unions: Boilermakers, Engineers and Sheet Metal Workers, or between any two of the three former unions.

As a result, it can be said, except for the odd case like Renison Bell, that amalgamations substantially reduce any union conflict on a wide range of matters, not only demarcation, and an elementary examination of the position will show this to be correct.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Senate adjourned at 11.7 p.m.

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