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Tuesday, 20 May 1969

Senator WRIGHT - The honourable senator will recall that public announcements were made last evening by the Minister for Labour and National Service and the Attorney-General and by Mr Monk of the Australian Council of Trade Unions. Mr Monk made a separate statement and it was issued independently by him. Part of his statement said that Mr O'Shea had been found guilty of contempt and was committed to gaol and that only the Commonwealth Industrial Court could order his release. Mr Monk said that the Government Ministers had told him that it was the Government's duty to uphold the decisions of the Industrial Court. As part of the same statement Mr Monk said that he had been told by the Ministers on Sunday, at the conference in Sydney, that if such a satisfactory arrangement were made - there was then a proposal for time payment of the fines - the Court could be informed that it was no longer desirable to proceed with the examination of the accounts of the union and it could be expected that the Court could order his immediate release.

Senator Bishop - What is your answer to my question?

Senator WRIGHT - I should have thought that that was a very quiet answer to your question; one which deserves study and consideration by you.

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