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Thursday, 11 May 1972
Page: 1564

Senator McMANUS (VICTORIA) - Further to the question just addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Labour and National Service by Senator Cavanagh I ask the same Minister: Is it not a fact that the legislation under which the rank and file of a trade union can be financially assisted in an endeavour to assert their rights was passed by the Chifley Government in the commendable belief that members of the rank and file of trade unions are entitled to have their ordinary rights in a union preserved?

Senator WRIGHT - I believe that that was the origin of this form of assistance in the Conciliation and Arbitration Act. Of course, it is a recognition of the need for assistance of an individual when he is called upon to confront the unionised strength of a great body of other personnel, together with their resources.

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