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Tuesday, 17 May 1960

Mr McMAHON - As to the principle involved in the last part of the honorable member's question, I think that the great body of trade unionists would not want the provisions for secret ballots taken out of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act. This matter was debated on the floor of the House shortly after I became Minister for Labour and National Service, and I think the answers given during the course of those debates were conclusive. Secret ballots are welcomed by the public and1 the trade unions. As to the actual case that the honorable gentleman purported to cite, I cannot identify it from the details he has given, and he did not mention the name of the union. If he cares to give me the particulars, I will have an investigation made and let him know the results of it.

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