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Wednesday, 19 March 1980
Page: 823

Senator BISHOP (South Australia) -I should like to speak to the motion that the debate be made an order of the day for the next day of sitting. It seems to me that what Senator Cavanagh and Senator Harradine have said makes good sense. A very critical position has been presented to the Australian community and to the Parliament. The question of whether section 45 d of the Trade Practices Act applies to secondary boycotts or to industrial relations is one of major importance. It seems to me to be important enough for the Senate to consider whether that section should apply in respect of the disputes we are now considering. In that respect, of course, we ought to deliberate upon whether industrial relations are more important than secondary boycotts. I support Senator Cavanagh and Senator Harradine in arguing that the matter should not be adjourned but should be argued at present in the Senate to make sure that we agree with what the Government is saying. The final paragraph of the statement of the Attorney-General (Senator Durack) reads:

Accordingly, the Government has initiated an urgent and full review of section 45D to determine whether amendments are required to ensure the effectiveness of the section.

We are not so concerned about the effectiveness of section 45d. We are concerned as to whether section 45d should apply to industrial disputes. That is the issue in contention. The Opposition, the Australian Council of Trade Unions and Sir John Moore are saying that Sir John can deliberate upon a dispute and determine a settlement, irrespective of the secondary boycott issues. I think the Senate might well decide to consider that argument rather than to delay the debate.

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