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Thursday, 18 September 1980
Page: 1517

Mr YATES (Holt) - Mr Deputy Speaker,may I make a statement?

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Jarman)Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr YATES - Yes, I do.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Jarman) -The honourable member may proceed.

Mr YATES - The House heard honourable member for Port Adelaide (Mr Young) a moment ago say that I was sniggering about union reform and amalgamation. I draw the attention of the House to page 1260 of Hansard for 1 1 September 1980 where it is reported, in reference to the 284 unions and the 3,759 wage awards throughout Australia, that I called on the Government in cooperation with the Premiers and parliaments of the States to appoint a royal commission to examine employer organisations, trade unions and the wages and award systems in Australia and to make recommendations in the national interest.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Is the honourable member happy with that personal explanation.

Mr YATES - I have explained that what the honourable member for Port Adelaide said is not true. I have now quoted from Hansard. I am completely satisfied.

Mr Ruddock - Perhaps the honourable member for Port Adelaide will apologise.

Mr YATES - I do not ask for an apology. I do not require one.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - The honourable member for Holt has said that he does not require an apology.

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