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Thursday, 18 May 1972
Page: 2759


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I wish to make a personal explanation.


Mr SPEAKER -Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I have been misrepresented. I wish the Prime Minister would cheer up.


Mr SPEAKER -Order! I suggest that the honourable member for Hindmarsh proceed to make his personal explanation.


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) -It might not be as bad as the gallup polls suggest. But I think it is worse.


Mr SPEAKER -Order! If the honourable member does not proceed with his personal explanation I will ask him to resume his seat.


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - In answer to the question that I asked, the Treasurer (Mr Snedden) said that I had indicated that at Launceston the Australian Labor Party had carried a resolution which it knew it could not carry out or did not intend to cary out. I said nothing of the kind in my question to the Treasurer, as every honourable member will know. What I said was that at Launceston the Labor Party adopted the resolution moved by me after I had explained clearly to the conference that the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Whitlam) and Senator Murphy, Q.C. had made it clear to the committee recommending the proposal that there was no constitutional power to bring in such legislation as was passed in West Germany by the Christian Democrat Government there, 20 years ago or thereabouts


Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member should make his personal explanation.


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I am.


Mr SPEAKER - Will the honourable member state where he has been misrepresented?


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Yes. That is what I make clear to the Parliament. It was made perfectly clear to the conference that all that a Labor Government could do would be to encourage the development that is already taking place in Australia, where important companies are putting representatives of unions on their boards of management, and with very good effect.


Mr SPEAKER - Order! If the honourable member persists in that vein I will ask him to resume his seat. He should confine bis remarks to where he has been personally misrepresented.


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Yes. Then the Treasurer went on to say that I was telling an untruth - he suggested it but I do not think that he would intend that to be inferred - or misleading the Parliament when I said that I had told the conference that it was not possible to provide for representatives of trade unions to be on the boards of Government enterprises, such as the Australian Broadcasting Commission and bodies and commissions of this kind. I did not say that. At no stage did I say that the Labor Government could not put union representatives on these boards. Why, this present Government has put representatives of employers and graziers on various boards, and of course we could do the same thing.


Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member will resume his seat.


Mr Snedden - Mr Speaker, this is following on the personal explanation. There is a provision in the Standing Orders - I have forgotten the number of the standing order - which says that if a member wants to make something personally clear-


Mr SPEAKER -Order! The Treasurer has risen and wants to talk. I will not know what he wants to say or do unless he asks.


Mr Snedden - I wish to make a personal explanation.


Mr SPEAKER -Does the Treasurer claim to have been misrepresented?


Mr Snedden - Only partially. If the House would hear me for a second-


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I raise a point of order.


Mr Snedden - May I just say that I made no implication.


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Oh, sit down. My point of order is this: I sought leave to make a personal statement so that I could traverse the whole field of misrepresentation, but the Prime Minister refused to give me leave. Now the Treasurer is trying to do the same thing. I am glad you have stopped him, Mr Speaker.







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