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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 1466

Senator James McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The amendment that is merely intended to clarify the motion has been the subject of a very disingenuous explanation by

Senator Greenwood.I suggest that his real purpose is to prevent any tendency on the part of union officials entering premises to do anything in the nature of the recruitment of non-unionists. I point out to him that this limitation on the right of a union official entering premises, confining him to dealing with members of his organisation, suffers from, a great logical flaw, and it is this: The amendment fails to recognise that the purpose of the right of entry is, as stated in the amendment, to ensure observance of the award. At times awards regulate the wages and conditions of an employee in an industry irrespective of whether he is a member of an organisation. It is therefore quite illogical to confine the right of a union official entering premises merely to people who are members of his organisation. This right should be totally unimpeded. I repeat what I said at the outset: The real purpose behind the amendment is to segregate people who are not members of a union from union officials who might be able to persuade them that it is in their interests to join the union.

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