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Thursday, 28 August 1980
Page: 873

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I ask the Prime Minister whether he shares my endorsement of and admiration for the actions taken by the trade unionists in Poland to obtain the right to strike, the right to picket and the right of association. If he shares my admiration for them, will he take early action to repeal section 45D of the Trade Practices Act and repeal those sections of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act which permit the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission to insert bans of clauses into awards and to impose savage penalties upon people who seek to strike in this country?

Mr MALCOLM FRASER - I had thought better of the honourable member for Hindmarsh. He knows quite well that all Australians would share, I think, an equal admiration for the courage of the Poles who want basic freedoms which the honourable member for Hindmarsh has taken for granted, whether within his trade union activities or outside them, over many years. The honourable gentleman really does himself no service in following the suggestion of Mr Hawke on AM this morning that there is any comparability between any conditions in Poland and Australia. Other people might want to destroy their credibility but I would not like to see that happen to the honourable member for Hindmarsh.

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