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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 2339

Senator CAVANAGH (South Australia) - I intended earlier to say a few words on this clause. One will recall that in my speech at the second reading stage 1 said that the Government had agreed to save the Federated Ironworkers' Association of Australia from these amalgamation provisions. Now the Democratic Labor Party seeks to insert an amendment for the purpose of saving one organisation. I think I put up a case which justified the amalgamation with which 1 was concerned. The Industrial Registrar has ruled that the application under the 2 required sections was in prior to last Friday, and he has now stated that the Building Workers Industrial Union and the Operative Plasterers and Plaster Workers Federation amalgamation will be the last amalgamation dealt with under the old Act. That amalgamation will be covered by the existing provisions. While that application for amalgamation could receive no support on the Government side, the Government and the DLP have now joined forces to save the Federated Ironworkers Association of Australia. They came to an agreement, as is well known, and the Government agreed to accept an amendment, as is also well known. It is frightful administration to amend the Bill for one organisation.

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