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Thursday, 14 June 1984
Page: 3028


Senator COOK —What is the view of the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations of yesterday's decision by the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission granting a 4.1 per cent national wage rise to Australia's 130,000 building workers? Is it a fact that the Bench commended the role of the Australian Council of Trade Unions in 'sponsoring the gradual and orderly development of occupational superannuation'? Is it a fact that the Bench described the building industry negotiations as seeking to achieve a genuine superannuation scheme? Do these comments and the outcome of the case reflect commendably on Minister Willis's handling of the serious problem in this industry and represent a case study in how the accord works to lower tensions in the previously strife-torn industry?


Senator BUTTON —I am aware of the decision handed down yesterday. Senator Cook has drawn my attention to a number of important aspects of that decision and a number of important comments made by the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission. I will refer the question to the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations for a more detailed answer. When there is a considered response to the judgment I will make that available to Senator Cook at the earliest possible convenience.


Senator Withers —Refer it to Norm Gallagher. When are they going to put the lights on at the MCG? Why don't they turn on the lights?


Senator BUTTON —I think if Senator Withers wishes to contribute to the debate I will refer him to Norm Gallagher and see what happens.