Julia GillardSYDNEY – Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she doesn’t endorse Bob Hawke’s call for union representation to be reduced in the Australia Labor Party.
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Mr Hawke, a former prime minister and ACTU leader, told the Australian Financial Review that union influence was ”suffocating” the party.

But Ms Gillard said the union movement still had an important future within the Australian Labor Party.

”I believe our great trade union movement is important to Australian society and to representing the needs of working people,” she said.

”It was the trade union movement, shoulder to shoulder with the Labor party, that got rid of Work Choices.”

Ms Gillard said the union influence on the party had been addressed at the national conference in December and had been examined in an internal party review by former state premiers Steve Bracks and Bob Carr, and Labor senator John Faulkner.

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