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Wednesday, 19 May 1993
Page: 797

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

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes the comments made by the President of the Transport Workers Union (Mr John McLean) as reported in the Australian on 18 May 1993;

  (b)supports Mr McLean's criticism that `the bigger and more varied the unions have become, the more insulated union officials have become from accountability';

  (c)condemns the Government:

    (i)for pursuing its `big union, low accountability for officials' policy, and

    (ii)for its policy, as Mr McLean describes it, that was `designed to create fiefdoms of . . . power for the bureaucrats active within the movement'; and

  (d)calls on the Government to stop putting the interests of officials of the Australian Council of Trade Unions ahead of the interests of the Australian worker.