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Tuesday, 12 October 1971
Page: 2155

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I move:

That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the honourable member for Hindmarsh moving a motion.

It is absolutely essential that the Standing Orders be suspended because unless they are suspended I cannot move the motion: "That the honourable member for Hindmarsh be heard'. The House should want to hear the honourable member for Hindmarsh. So many questions have been asked already about what the honourable member for Hindmarsh said in an interview yesterday that I am surprised and would find it difficult to believe that honourable members, having shown such an intense interest in the honourable gentleman's views on industrial relations, would not want to hear them expounded further. The question of industrial relations is so terribly important that the Parliament should give it a very high priority. The mere fact that the Standing Orders technically prevent a discussion on this important question should not prevent us from dealing with it when all that is necessary is for the Standing Orders to be suspended, [his is why I move for their suspension. If honourable members are as interested in industrial relations as one would be entitled to assume, judging by the number of questions that have been asked, one would expect them to match their interest with some degree of support for the motion that I have moved. The question of industrial relations is not to be pushed glibly to one side. It is absolutely vital to the welfare of this country and when a political party states that it has an answer to the industrial problems of the day this Parliament should want to hear that answer. lt should say: 'We want to hear it because this is a most important thing. This above ail is the thing that is now plaguing the country's economic position and wa want to hear what the honourable member for Hindmarsh has to say'.

I have already said that I have been misrepresented. If this motion is agreed to I will be able to indicate the extent to which I have been misrepresented and I will be able also to tell the Parliament, if it is interested in the subject, what the Labor Party's policy is, what was propounded at the launceston conference, what I have said about it since, what other people have said about it and why it is that I believe it is the only policy that can save the country from the chaos it is now experiencing. We know, according to well informed reports coming from Government supporters opposite, that the plan of the Government is to provoke some confrontation with the trade union movement, not caring what damage this will cause management, in order that there may be created the kind of political climate which it believes might help it to win an election. This is far too important a subject to be just wiped to one side.

At no stage did I say that we would impose a penalty of $20 a day on employees. That is the first point. What I said, and what my Party's policy clearly indicates, is that in cases where employees and management enter into agreements, in the event of a breach of an agreement, subject to that agreement being registered - if it is not registered none of these things would apply, but if it is registered, and it cannot be registered unless it is ratified by the employees who have to work under it, it would be a breach of the agreement to go on strike against some term of the agreement which has already been hammered out and settled upon - the amount of penalty that would be imposed would not be the penalty which is stipulated in the Act, now $1,000. I have always made this abundantly clear and I said this at the Launceston conference.

Mr Swartz - Mr Speaker, on a point of order. Whilst I know that the honourable member for Hindmarsh is most anxious to place these matters before the House might I suggest that he should contain himself until he has the opportunity to speak on the Estimates. This is not the time. The point is, Mr Speaker, that this is a motion for the suspension of Standing Orders and the honourable member is going far beyond debating that motion.

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