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Thursday, 20 September 1973
Page: 1392

Mr LYNCH (Flinders) (Deputy Leader of the Opposition) - Nothing the Minister for Labour (Mr Clyde Cameron) can say on this occasion or has said already can hide the simple fact that here again is a clear example of this Government's partisan approach to the industrial legislation before the Committee. The Minister and the honourable members who sit behind him know full well that this proposal by the Government will permit union officials, including shop stewards, to undertake any function in a place of work providing it can be related to union interests and it will not be an offence in criminal or civil law other than a breach in their contract of employment. The total impact of this proposal will be to place shop stewards and certain other union officials in permanent employment regardless of how detrimental their actions may be to their employers. Surely this can be only a further incentive for irresponsible officials to undertake direct industrial action at the plant level without restraint.

As the honourable member for Moreton (Mr Killen) so clearly pointed out to the Committee, this in fact foreshadows a situation of industrial anarchy. It presupposes the right to indulge in any form of political strike without imposing any sense of restraint. I should have thought that the Minister for Labour, a man who has travelled this world investigating and examining the industrial relations experiences of other countries-

Mr Killen - It is a pity he is not still going.

Mr LYNCH - Yes, it is a pity he is not still going. One could wish that fate upon him.

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