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Wednesday, 28 November 1973
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Mr ANTHONY (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question, which I direct to the Prime Minister, is supplementary to that asked by the honourable member for Bradfield. I refer to the Dorothy Dix report on prices and incomes by Mr T. C. Winter. Has the Prime Minister decided to accept the suggestions in the report in the event that his referendum proposals are accepted? Finally I ask him, as I asked him last week, whether he will outline in some detail before 8 December in what areas and to what degree the proposed constitutional powers will be exercised and what supplementary measures will be adopted if those referendum proposals are carried.

Mr WHITLAM - I do not believe that it is proper or even in order to refer to this report in the terms that the right honourable gentleman has used. I believe that he was a member of the Government - at least he was a suppporter of that Government; I forget whether he was then a Minister - which appointed Mr T. C. Winter to the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission. Honourable members now in Opposition would not have referred to Mr Winter in such terms while he was in office. They now feel free to do so when he is in retirement. Arrangements have been made, as the House has been told, for a meeting of all persons with industrial responsibility to be held in the very week after the referendum, that is on 11 and 12 December.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Mr Justice Moore has accepted the invitation.

Mr WHITLAM - The President of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, Mr Justice Moore, has agreed to preside over that meeting. That meeting will be the first and the best body to advise the public, including members of Parliament, how the new powers can be appropriately exercised. I believe that members of that conference which my colleague, the Minister for Labour, has called for 11 and 12 December, in the week after the referendum on 8 December, will be helped in their deliberations by the valuable report which Mr Winter has prepared and by the material which he attaches to it.

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