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Thursday, 24 October 1974
Page: 1926

Senator WITHERS (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -Does the Leader of the Government in the Senate agree that the decision of several unions to withdraw financial support from the Australian Labor Party and the threat by others to follow suit is an indication that most Australian workers feel let down and double crossed by this Government?

Senator MURPHY (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Attorney-General) - It is a matter for the trade unions to decide what they might do. The Australian Government and the Australian Labor Party have done a great deal for trade unionism in this country.There is no doubt that from time to time some unions may not agree with everything that the Government has done, but it has been remarkable how over the whole of this century the great bulk of the trade union movement has stuck solidly with the Australian Labor Party. Indeed, in recent years there has been a tendency for some of the trade unions which were not associated with the Australian Labor Party to become associated with it. In white collar workers' organisations especially there has been a great recognition of the benefits that have been brought by Labor governments and of the sense of the policies espoused by this Government. So, if the Leader of the Opposition thinks that he can get any comfort from some criticisms that might be expressed now, I assure him that when he looks over the space of the years that is a very temporary enjoyment that he will have.

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