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Monday, 17 September 1973
Page: 1039

Mr SNEDDEN - My question is addressed to the Prime Minister. Did he receive any undertakings or guarantees from the President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions that the trade union movement would moderate its claims for wage increases? If he did receive such an undertaking or guarantee will he state in precise terms the nature of it?

If it was in writing will he table it? If it was not in writing will he obtain it in writing and then table it?

Mr WHITLAM - I did have a conversation with the President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, a member of the Reserve Bank board, last Wednesday night, and in the course of a conversation on many matters he told me that if the Government were able to moderate the rise in prices through the application of such constitutional power as it obtains the trade union movement would fully co-operate in restraining wages and incomes.

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