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Thursday, 25 May 1972
Page: 2147

Senator BISHOP (South Australia) - I take this opportunity to point out that clause 5 is the first step in the new procedures that are to be established. It provides for the new interpretations and definitions of 'Commissioner' and 'Conciliation Commissioner'. Of course, this is not the appropriate point at which to contest the new machinery. I. have risen because 1 want lo make the point that Senator Greenwood's earlier statement that this was purely a piece of legislation to improve the Conciliation and Arbitration Act was disproved by his own references. He talked about sections in the Act at present which impose all sorts of restrictions on the unions. This Bill is designed to impose added restrictions on the unions. These definitions, of course, indicate that a conciliation commissioner is different from an arbitration commissioner. This clause is the first step in the setting up of the new machinery to which the Opposition objects. Of course, it is agreed that the main argument about this matter will take place in the consideration of clause 13.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 6 (Certain offences in relation to members of organisations, &c).

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