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Tuesday, 16 April 1985
Page: 1163


Mr SHACK —Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation.


Mr SPEAKER —Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?


Mr SHACK —Yes, I do, Mr Speaker.


Mr SPEAKER —The honourable member may proceed.


Mr SHACK —In the course of Question Time, I asked a question in which I included a quote drawn from an answer that the Attorney-General and Deputy Prime Minister (Mr Lionel Bowen) gave on the Sunday television program on l4 April l985 when he was interviewed by Messrs Laurie Oakes and Robert Haupt. In his answer, the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations (Mr Willis) said that he had just spoken to the Attorney-General and that I had misquoted him. I wish to read the question which was asked of the Attorney-General and the answer. Mr Haupt asked:

Well if that happens you're still going to have a battle with Sir Joh and Sir Joh's government, it's going to be a States rights issue. Now when that comes up, likely to come before the High Court, would that be influenced by the absence of His Honour Mr Justice Lionel Murphy changing the make up on the Bench?

The Attorney-General answered:

Yes, I think any actions of Lionel Murphy would certainly make a difference but that's not the issue in front of us at the moment. The issue is to look at it from the point of view of industrial harmony and peace in this nation and the aberration that's applying in Queensland in a small segment of industry at the moment, namely their power industry seems to have got out of complete bounds in the terms of normality.

Here is the quote that I lifted:

In other words if the union movement throughout Australia really decides that it feels that it has to take other industrial action in Queensland that would be a very regressive thing; in fact it won't solve the problems of this nation.