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Wednesday, 23 August 1972
Page: 321

Senator BISHOP - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Labour and National Service, lt follows his answer to the question by Senator Carrick in respect of collective bargaining. When asserting that Australian Labor Party policy and the idea of collective bargaining increased the incidence of industrial disorder, did the Minister have regard to the systems operating in the Scandinavian countries, including Sweden and also in the Republic of West Germany, where collective bargaining and national agreements are consummated between the unions and the employers and where the industrial record is one of the best in the world? If he did not have regard to these conditions which apply to a system of collective bargaining, will he take notice of the question and consider these when he is replying to questions or criticising ALP policy in the future?

Senator WRIGHT - It would be false of me to claim that I have any real knowledge of the system of Sweden or Norway. But a.'so it would be unfair for Senator Bishop to imply that he has an exclusive knowledge of that system. I venture to assert that I have read as much on the system as has the honourable senator.

Senator Mulvihill - He has been there.

Senator WRIGHT - And he got back again, which is a very desirable detail. All I want to say is that, having regard to recent reviews of experience in important European countries, one can have no inclination but to think that collective bargaining is nothing other than a most primitive system.

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