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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 3225

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator McAuliffe (QUEENSLAND) - Yes, it is. It is amendment No. 1 on the list.

Senator Keeffe - That is all right. I apologise.

Senator MAUNSELL - As indicated by the amendment I have moved, we desire to add to proposed section 20a ( 1 ) the words 'and appropriate employer groups'. The reason we move this amendment is that we find it very hard to understand why only the trade unions should be consulted in relation to the matters mentioned in this proposed new section. This matter has been canvassed to a great extent in the other place and I do not want to go into all of the arguments. However, I wish to state briefly the main arguments. Can anyone tell me what is the definition of 'the wool industry'? If the effect of this proposed new section is to allow the Corporation to interfere in operations between the wool growers, for instance, who are part of the wool industry and the decisions of the arbitration court, or between the wool growers and the appropriate trade unions concerned with, say, the shearers award or the station hands award, we fail to understand why the Corporation should get involved in these sorts of operations. We believe in consultation and co-operation, and we feel that if employer groups are included in these things the normal operations will apply. I believe that people in the Australian Labor Party believe in consultation and co-operation. Also we propose to move for the deletion of sub-section (2) of proposed section 20a..

Senator Gietzelt

Senator MAUNSELL - I do not know whether the honourable senator has read the proposed sub-section, but it reads:

The Minister may give to the Corporation such directions in writing as he thinks necessary in connection with the performance of the duty of the Corporation under sub-section (1).

That proposed sub-section clearly provides for government interference in the operations of the Corporation, particularly if it is going to be concerned with directions in relation to what trade union organisations may decide is in the interests of their members. Why should the Minister be able to direct the Corporation to operate in this field? Therefore I move:

Leave out proposed sub-section 20a. (2 ).

Question put:

That the words proposed to be added to proposed section 20a (1 ) (Senator Maunsell's amendment) be added.

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