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Tuesday, 16 August 1960

Mr McMAHON (LOWE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - I am not aware of any connexion between the strikes by the Seamen's Union in the United Kingdom and the strikes that are now taking place in the Australian Seamen's Union, but it is significant that when the Communists have a strike in one industry in some other part of the world we can expect similar action to be taken here. As to the second part of the question, yesterday the interstate disputes committee of the A.C.T.U. did order the seamen to take their dispute back to the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, and I have every hops that the leaders of the Seamen's Union will be wise enough to follow that instruction. I have not given consideration to the question of deregistration of the union, but I will have a look at the suggestion made by the honorable member.

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