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Thursday, 9 March 1972
Page: 591

Senator McMANUS (VICTORIA) - I desire to ask a question of the Minister representing the Minister for Labour and National Service. Did the Minister for Labour and National Service state in his speech to an employers' organisation last week that the applications of the unions seeking to de-register to join the much publicised amalgamation were lodged with the Registrar on 7th January? If so, was the Minister the victim of wrong advice? Were the applications lodged on 22nd December? Was the contrary advice on the date given to the Minister because the union's case would have been adversely affected if fines had not been paid on 22nd December when the unions lodged their applications.

Senator WRIGHT (TASMANIA) (Minister for Works) - The honourable senator's question refers to a matter which has assumed quite some prominence in the industrial field. Unfortunately I am asked to confirm reference by the Minister to particular dates. I do not pretend to have a memory so precise that I can recall particular dates in relation to this matter. I appreciate the relevance which the dates have to the payment of fines. The exact date of payment of those fines does not come to my mind. I shall have the question referred ot the Minister for early consideration.

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