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Wednesday, 19 March 1980
Page: 824

Senator MULVIHILL (New South Wales) - I want only to supplement what Senator Bishop has said. I do so perhaps on a different plane. We have more or less tried to congratulate ourselves on the effectiveness of Senate estimates committees. One of those committees on which Senator Bishop and other honourable senators have been members from time to time has had Mr Linehan and other people from the Industrial Relations Bureau before it for a number of hours. We were told that section 45 D would provide the solution for defusing industrial issues. All I say is that my views lie somewhere mid-way between what Senator Harradine said and what my illustrious South Australian colleagues, Senators Bishop and Cavanagh, have said. I cannot see any reason why the appropriate Estimates committee that deals with industrial relations could not be convened to take this statement on board and do what has been suggested- that is, have Sir John Moore and other people appear before it. It seems to me that what we are doing is an act of futility. I understand that we are beefing up the secretariat of the Estimates committees. This is a litmus test which we are failing to face up to. That is the suggestion I put to the Senate.

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