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Wednesday, 18 September 1985
Page: 638


Senator MICHAEL BAUME —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) expressing its deep concern at the consequences for the rest of Australia of what the Prime Minister describes as the `stronger than ever' solidarity between the Government and the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU);

(b) noting the ACTU's `declaration of war' on profits and the Government's acceptance of the ACTU's demand that profits be curbed through stronger use of the Prices Surveillance Authority;

(c) recognising that growth in the number of jobs depends directly on growth in profitablility and that the profit curbs required by the ACTU must inevitably worsen unemployment;

(d) taking into account the Government's reneging in response to instructions from the ACTU on its Budget-time commitment to fully discount wage rises for the currency devaluation; and

(e) having regard to the severe additions to business costs and reductions in profitablility involved in those parts of the Government's tax package that the ACTU has allowed to survive,

condemns the Government for putting the best interest of the ACTU ahead of those all Australians, and particularly for advantaging those ACTU members in jobs, to the disadvantage of those 600,000 Australians seeking jobs.