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Tuesday, 14 December 1993
Page: 4551

Senator CRANE (8.29 p.m.) —I would just like to come back to the answer Senator Sherry gave in relation to what I had to say about upsetting things in the workplace. Senator Sherry made reference to the notion that if there was a boycott, there would already be disharmony in the workplace. I could debate with Senator Sherry—I am not going to do so tonight—the extent to which putting in a picket line would increase that.

  This is about exemption of peaceful picketing. I would have thought that if it were a peaceful picket there would be no disruption to the workplace, but this is interfering with people as they go about their normal business. It could well be that the people carrying that picket have some political axe to grind, some religious axe to grind or something else to grind. This is about intimidating people. It would seem to be a direct interference with the capacity of people to go about their work. Surely people are not exempt if they put up a picket when there is an industrial dispute on the site. From what Senator Sherry said, we could conclude that that is the case, but I do not believe that that is what he meant.