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Thursday, 11 November 1976

Mr NIXON (GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA) (Minister for Transport) - The honourable member for Newcastle obviously has not caught up with the change in administrative arrangements. The National Materials Handling Bureau now comes under the auspices and control of my new colleague, the Minister for Productivity and I will allow him to answer for that organisation. As far as Qantas is concerned, Sir Jack Egerton was appointed by the Labor Government. I thought that that was a very proper appointment at the time and I said so. He was reappointed by me, as Minister for Transport, for a new 5-year term, and he will remain on the Qantas board for that time. I think he would represent the trade union movement much better that a lot of the loud mouthed spokesmen in this House and outside it. Therefore I have no intention whatsoever of doing anything about that appointment or any other trade union appointment to the Qantas board. Consideration is being given to appointments to the Australian Airlines Commission. They will be announced at the appropriate time. I think that my colleague the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations has shown great leadership in this question of managementemployee relationship- something which the previous Labor Government might have taken more seriously.

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