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Thursday, 8 March 1973
Page: 357

Mr SNEDDEN (BRUCE, VICTORIA) - My question is addressed to the Prime Minister. Will the honourable gentleman say that notwithstanding the rejection by the Australian Council of Trade Unions Executive of the committee of inquiry into all aspects of industrial relations which was announced in the Governor-General's Speech, that committee will be established? Was the purpose of the proposed committee directly stated by the Minister for Labor as being 'to undertake a thoroughgoing examination into all aspects of industrial relations in Australia to ensure that our policies and procedures for handling industrial relations will be suitable for our needs and development over the next decade or more'? Will it be essential that union practices be investigated and union views ascertained? Will he provide the proposed committee with powers to compel persons to appear before it; otherwise, how will he ensure that information concerning union views and practices is put?

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Prime Minister) - The committee is almost complete. It will proceed with its business. It will consider all aspects of industrial relations concerning both employees and employers and their respective organisations. It is not a royal commission. It will therefore have no power to compel the attendance of witnesses.

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